Lima 193 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Lima 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 30, 2016

Graduates: October 21, 2016

 

Week 02 Summary

 

Lima-193 is wrapping up our second week. We feel like we’ve been here for months and also like we just got here yesterday. Our company commanders tell us everything is going to get more serious and difficult in the coming weeks as we become more accountable for our actions. We already feel held responsible though—several nights this week, we spent the better part of our evening with our hands held straight out above our head or holding a book straight out in front of us reading passages on discipline and yelling it at the tops of our lungs. One day, when we were doing just that, there must have been a group of boy scouts visiting the regiment and they were watching us as they passed by. We felt like zoo animals, a spectacle. None of us were having fun.

 

We also got demilitarized fire arms this week to keep in our racks and use for training. All of the company was pretty excited to get our pieces, but now that we have them they are much less exciting. Mostly because so far we just use them for incentive training. Incentive training is what we do when we are not meeting the standards we need to meet. We all get incentively trained multiple times a day, sometimes even first thing in the morning. We are told incentive training can stop when we meet the standards. Lima Company is struggling mostly with sounding off and moving fast. Even the chaplain tells us that the time objectives are impossible. In our eyes, we’re getting faster. We keep practicing changing in and out of our uniform as quickly as possible and after a week, we are definitely faster. Hopefully this trend will continue as we would really like to spend more time in class and less time sweating.

We have found a friend in the chaplains on base. We have met with them a couple times and they reassure us that even though this is hard, there is a reason behind everything we’re going through. On Tuesday’s, a chaplain meets with us and updates us on current events and the like. It’s a calming time, and it’s comforting to have that connection back to our families and friends.

 

Saturday of Week 2, we met with our mentors who were here to answer questions we have about anything Coast Guard. This was another, more relaxed, time and it helped us get perspective on this “boot camp thing” not lasting forever. They assured us that we are going through now is not what the day to day life is like in the fleet.

 

Our company commanders are Petty Officer Loeffler, Petty Officer Tilton, Chief Heinze and our lead company commander is Chief Brost. Chief Brost spends more time teaching us than the others do and has “opened up” the most with us (even that wasn’t much though). He told us that he usually runs company commander school now rather than running companies. He picks up a company every now and then to stay on his game and we are that company this time around. He is more open to questions than the assistant company commanders, who seem to be primarily there to ‘smoke us’ which happens frequently.

 

This is hard. A lot harder than many of us suspected it would be. But time is moving quickly and we are learning. We will be better off the sooner we can start working more as a team.

 

 

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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