Lima 193 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Lima 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 30, 2016

Graduates: October 21, 2016

 

Summary Week 03

 

Lima-193 started week 03 with the rest of the recruit companies on the regiment, observing a ceremony for the 15th anniversary of September 11th at the Munro Statue. This was the first that we were a part of a military ceremony as military members. A senior company recruit gave a speech about what the anniversary meant to her and how is affected her decision to join the military.

 

Week 03 has been a difficult week to say the least. Lima company is continuing to get ‘smoked’ frequently for missing time objectives and not sounding off, so we are brain and body tired but we have also started to earn some more privileges, albeit slowly. Some members of Lima have earned evening routine which is time we have at night to get things done that we actually want to, such as straightening out our racks and the like. We all want and need this time to keep moving forward, so watching others get it is motivating right there.

We’ve been doing things this week that feel more military and make us feel more like we’re moving forward in our training rather than circling a slowly turning drain of being smoked all the time. We had a swim class where we put on puffy rescue suits (survival suits), which are these full-body, snow-suit looking things that keep your body warmer for max survival potential. We had to float in the pool and hold our hands up, which was the most peaceful moment of the week.

We also started to take seamanship classes regularly. We are learning to tie knots and seamanship terms for ships and the like. We use a helm simulator in this class as well as to practice giving helm commands on board a ship. This is the first bit of technology we’ve used in a long while so it felt a little bizarre. We are learning quickly in this class and will eventually move on to firefighting techniques as well.

Lastly, we are working on our manual of arms with our pieces and close order drill. We usually end up getting smoked instead of working on our skills with the piece as much as we’d like, so our progress is slow and hopefully we won’t embarrass ourselves later. Basically, when working with a piece, if it’s comfortable, you’re doing it wrong.

 

Chief Brost says we haven’t earned the right to laugh yet, but as we are getting more comfortable with each other it’s difficult not to. One of our marching squad leaders had to march around with her fingers extended shouting, “pew, pew, pew” all day and we were cracking up. We get punished like this frequently, where we have to stifle laughs and bite our tongues; our CC’s tell us we need more discipline. On the home front, we share our squad bay space with Mike-193 now, so it feels like sardines, which is probably by design. We are getting in each other’s way constantly but it’s also giving us something to measure ourselves against—we don’t want to be quieter than a junior company. We try to yell louder than them and be faster, both things we generally suck at but hopefully the competition will make us better.

Lima still has a long way to go and a LOT to improve upon, but to think about how far we’ve come already is impressive. We are ready and excited for Week 04.

 

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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