Lima 193 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Lima 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 30, 2016

Graduates: October 21, 2016


Lima started Week 05 feeling like the maggoty underbelly of the Regiment, trying to crawl back up to the level of our peers and feeling constantly beat down. Our first uniform inspection, on Monday, did not go well to say the least, and afterward, Senior Chief Pace, Chief Duncan and Chief Williams unleashed some hurt on us like we’ve never felt before – in our inspection ready uniforms no less. Humiliated, Lima retreated and cowered, uneasy for the rest of Week 05.

So we sweated our butts off for the first half of the week. Lima runs up the ladderwell, Lima runs down the ladderwell, Lima hits the deck and squats and sits in sniper position. Petty Officer Loeffler had us for multiple nights, and every time he was here, Lima rolled over like beaten dogs, making the whole thing worse. He told us this loudly, with a vein in his neck worthy of its own Smokey Bear cover popping out; the way our neck veins should be popping out every time we speak. Petty Officer Tilton kept raining down the hurt too, catching every seemingly miniscule mistake Lima made – “Cutting corners kills” she screamed, and she tortured us some more, manic and feeding off the pain. Chief Heinze pushed us even harder, driving home our Coast Guard Core Values and how we’re not living up to them because we’re weak, disgusting, worthless Recruits who don’t deserve to be here. Chief Brost promised to call the dogs off if we got out stuff together; and we practically gave up. Coupled with the fact that this is search and rescue week and we have less than 15 minutes to be dressed, shaved, gelled and lined up outside for chow each morning; a time objective some of us keep missing, adding to the amount of evening torture. So, Week 05 started as another crappy week. Chief Brost told us we were not worthy to be called a senior Company and we felt it.

Then, at the halfway point, something shifted. Maybe our CC’s wanted to see how we could do on our own or maybe they were giving us just enough line to hang ourselves with, but we started marching ourselves again. Every time we get unexpected responsibility like that, Lima panics, resulting in a mess of a Company and hilarity. One panicking marching Squad Leader had us march “quick time” to class from the farthest building away, except his quick time was more like one step shy of a run, and all of Lima was out of breath, cramped up, and grumpy as hell by the time we got to class.

We dug deep and started to get it together and some things started to get easier. Then we got our orders. All 04 of our CC’s showed up to deliver them, an unusual circumstance which practically makes the world spin off its axis, and a live game of whack-a-mole ensued. They read our orders, we popped up like toast, and our CC’s beat us back down. When Chief Heinze told one shipmate that he knows someone at his soon-to-be unit and that he’d follow up, we all went pale. We are going from California to Maine, Key West to Alaska, and everywhere in between. In typical boot camp fashion, as soon as we got our orders, we got to sweat for them. Nothing good comes without pouring some sweat into the balance.

In our last dose of the outside world, we made our first phone calls home and heard our family’s voices. Some of us cried, which meant more sweating. We aren’t’ in the home stretch yet, but we’re getting close, and with travel plans to be made, we’ll be getting phone time soon.

Lima’s got to keep getting its act together. The further along we get the smaller the mistakes get that can send us back a week or more in training. It’s time to buckle down and keep pushing forward.


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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