Lima 192 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Lima 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: January 26, 2016

Graduates: March 18, 2016


As the days go by, things seem to be getting more and more difficult. We all expected recruit training to be difficult, but at this point, most of us thought our tasks would become a little easier as we adjusted to the life of a Coast Guard Recruit. However that doesn’t seem to be the case! After three weeks it seems the only thing we’ve all grown accustomed to is getting in trouble!

The last few days we’ve acquired about 10-15 recruits from other companies making our company pretty big with 116 recruits! They have either been reverted for getting in trouble or messing something up or rephased for not passing the required knowledge. I can imagine that it’s a huge task for the Company Commanders to keep track of all 116 of us. But for us it’s even more difficult just to try to keep the company quiet while we are standing in formation.

All the little things that we took for granted before coming to boot camp like long showers, eating at your own leisure, and personal space, are a thing of the past. The Company Commanders push us to the limits with strict time objectives. This week started out pretty rough, we struggled making those time objectives and it seemed like we were getting punished nonstop, but then towards the end of the week we started to show a little improvement. We actually MADE a couple time objectives and one of our Company Commanders, Petty Officer Taylor told our Lead Company Commander, Chief Williams that we were getting louder. That may not seem like anything big but in the recruit world that’s a big compliment and something we can build on!

We also had some very long days at Seamanship this week. These classes are important because they focus on the basics of seagoing and teach us how to be an actual sailor! The classes themselves are fairly easy but the hard part is trying to stay awake for a five hour class on lines and watch standing! Our mornings start at 0530 and don’t end until 2200 (10:00pm). The biggest thing that seemed to help us stay awake this week was marching back and forth between our barracks (Munro Hall), the galley, and the seamanship classroom in below zero temperatures. We even got caught in a snowstorm this week! Ok, so maybe it wasn’t THAT bad for all the recruits who are used to it, but for the shipmates in our company from the warmer climates like Florida and California (me being one of them) this was some of the craziest weather we had ever seen!

As crazy as the weather has been, its mild compared to the creative and funny things that our Company Commanders say. For example, Chief Williams had us stand on line in a squad bay, and some of the recruits in the back kept fidgeting and moving around. Chief Williams told them to stop moving but the recruits thought that if they moved slower to fix whatever they were trying to fix, Chief Williams wouldn’t notice. Well he did…Chief Williams burst out and said “QUIT MOVING! I’M NOT A FREAKING T-REX! I CAN STILL SEE THINGS WHEN THEY ARENT MOVING!!!!” They all have funny things to say and it makes it hard not to burst out laughing all the time. Just another challenge of recruit training I guess…

With week 04 coming up, we’re all excited to be at the half way point, but it’s the second half that will be even more of a challenge. So as this week comes to a close, LIMA Company has a lot to look forward to but also a lot to continue to improve on.


Editor’s Note: This blog post was written by a recruit currently involved in Coast Guard basic training. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this Journal do not necessarily reflect those of Training Center Cape May, the U.S. Coast Guard or the federal government and are the sole opinion of the author. Recruit Journals are written by personnel in a high-stress environment with little time, so please excuse grammar and punctuation in the above article. The staff at Training Center Cape May do not edit the journals in any way, so as to ensure authenticity of the content and messages.