Lima 192 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Lima 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: January 26, 2016

Graduates: March 18, 2016

This week flew by! All day today I could hear people commenting about how fast the week went. I’m sure we all agree. Don’t be fooled, just because it was quick, doesn’t mean it was easy. We did and learned so much this week and it’s pretty much guaranteed that next week will be worse! Quite a few of us have begun to notice a slight difference in ourselves…like more confidence and the ability to push ourselves harder during work outs. It seems strange to be gaining more confidence when we spend most of our day being yelled at and filling out performance trackers. Although, for the job we signed up for we’re going to need a lot of confidence…and self discipline (which we’re still working on). Week 04 taught us all so much about ourselves and about the standards we will have to meet and maintain in the United States Coast Guard. For instance, the physical fitness test. It sounds so easy, like for me (a female); all that is needed is 15 pushups, 32 sit-ups, and run a mile and a half in 15:29. None of these things were exactly easy for all of us, but we pushed ourselves mentally. This wasn’t just a physical fitness test we had to pass just once during basic training. We will have to meet these physical standards for the rest of our careers in the Coast Guard. It was made very clear that when basic training in over, the training doesn’t end. We will still have to continue pushing ourselves and body. On top of that, we had our trip to the gun range. Going and shooting a gun (some of us for the first time) was a huge wake up call. Some people were scared of the gun, some were comfortable, and some were incredible. So many of us here want to go into a unit that will require the carrying of a pistol or a firearm larger than that. It was a great starting point for those of us who want to be a Gunner’s Mate, Boatswain’s Mate, Maritime Enforcement Specialist, or so on. Now we see what we need to work on and also if working with guns is the right choice for us. Either way, it was an experience to remember. The consequences are getting harsher and the amount of required knowledge we have to remember is adding up. There are a handful of people on red belt, also known as Probation, and a small few who have been reverted. For everyone else, there are “games” or something much worse… Recruit Aptitude Motivational Program. I had my first experience with the program and I could not imagine anything more painful. If Recruit Aptitude Motivational Program doesn’t make you get your act together, nothing will. Week 04 left its mark on all of us. But with each week, more and more will be expected of us. We’re all extremely nervous to see what week 05 has in store.


Semper Paratus

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.