Lima 192 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Lima 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: January 26, 2016

Graduates: March 18, 2016

 

Six weeks down and two more to go. 11 days and a wake up to be exact! Graduation seems so close but in reality it’s a lot further than we think. There’s so much that has already been accomplished but still SO much more to go. During week 06 we learned the basics of firefighting, earned our colors and we had our on base liberty. On top of all that we spent countless hours in administration, making travel arrangements, calling out new units and getting everything squared away before our departure from Training Center Cape May. The closer it gets to graduation the slower time seems to go. As for week 06…it’s been crazy!

At the beginning of the week we began our firefighting training. It sounded fun (and it was) but I don’t think we were expecting all the detail that goes into it! The firefighting suits are extremely heavy and every piece of equipment you put on has to be put on correctly or else you put yourself in danger of burning yourself! We got to put on the oxygen tanks, which plugged into our face masks we were wearing and got to go on a self contained breathing system! All of the fire training was such a great experience. We all have a new found respect for those who run into fires daily. To have to put that equipment on in a very tiny amount of time, and hold the HEAVY hose and everything else that goes with it is not an easy thing to do! Very soon we will be out in the fleet and we have to be ready for anything to happen.

On top of all the cool and exciting fire training we received this week, we got our colors!!! Honestly, when we first arrived here and they told us about colors, we could’ve cared less. But now…now it’s a source of pride to be marching around the regiment behind the yellow and black guidon that represents Lima-192. To some it’s just a flag, but to us it represents all the blood, sweat, and tears we have put into recruit training. With getting our colors, we received permission to have coffee and desserts now! The mood within the company changed significantly as soon as we were allowed to drink coffee. Everyone is SO much happier now. We still get annoyed every so often with each other, but what do you expect when we’ve lived in close quarters for 06 weeks and we are all stressed out!

Our on base liberty may have lifted some of the stress. We were able to go to the exchange and buy junk food, then went straight to the Harborview. While we were there no one really spoke to each other, we were all on our phones calling loved ones and friends or catching up on social media. No matter what all of us were doing it was a much needed break. Now it’s time for us to prepare for another week of training. Week 07…We aren’t in the clear until the fat lady sings, and according to Chief Williams she doesn’t sing until 1200 on March 18.

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.

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