Lima 192 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Lima 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: January 26, 2016

Graduates: March 18, 2016




Every night before going to sleep, I wonder how I have managed to survived another day. It’s the end of our fifth week here in Cape May and real life in the Coast Guard is drawing ever closer. For the longest time it felt like we had been sucked into some hell hole universe. A place that was a perfect combination of everything people our age hate. Waking up early, getting yelled at every single second of your life, and training which feels a lot more like torture. Although all those things still happen, and are still terrible, a few things happened this week that put Lima in a different mode. We passed our inspections, we received our orders and we moved to Healy Hall with the other senior company on the regiment. Now most of us here have the sense to realize it’s time to shift gears but the Company Commanders have found a new way for us to give them a reason to make us sweaty. It’s really not fair, but they like to test our military bearing by saying some of the funniest things you have ever heard and wait for us to crack. It happens more than once a day and to be honest I don’t think most of us mind doing Incentive Training if that is the only reason why but really we can’t help it at all! The overall mood in Lima has changed and it is almost Bi-polar. Coming into this week, stress was at an all time high. Especially getting used to the week 5 morning schedule which consisted of waking up at 0530, getting online for muster, shaving, hair, get in uniform, make your rack and be to chow by 0545 . That’s a lot of things to do in 15 minutes. By the weeks closing it felt like the over inflated balloon had finally let out a little air. We are proud of how far we have come and the level at which we perform but in week 06 there will be no room for error. Perfection will be the standard by which we are judged and to be honest, at this point, we hold each other accountable more than our Company Commanders do. We do it to each other now…..can you blame us? After living with each other for so long , a little friction is to be expected but we seem to be coming together very well but it’s not over till it’s over. We still have a long way to go and our Company Commanders will get us there by any means necessary. I am not overly excited to find out how.

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.