Lima 193 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Lima 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 30, 2016

Graduates: October 21, 2016

 

Coast Guard Recruit Company Lima 193 Graduation Program 
Summary Week 07

 

Week 07 is drawing up to a swift close and it’s been a total blur. Jam-packed with tasks, assessments, obstacles, and coveted rewards. Lima is exhausted and buzzing with anticipation because we’re officially the senior company on the regiment. We’re kicking ass right and left and we’re feeling pretty damn proud of everything we’ve accomplished here. Just a few more days and a wake up left until we’re walking across that parade field to advance to our next pay grades and move forward to new adventures.

 

We started the week hesitant– we knew we had our final and our Manual of Arms/Close Order Drill test on the horizon, neither of which we felt totally confident about. We were also feeling pretty rocky from our previous week, afraid of miss-stepping again and messing up the whole week. We had a brand new schedule to adjust to– waking up at 0500 to go sweat our butts off in the gym for a good hour so we could learn how to work out as though we were normal members of the Coast Guard instead of Lima-193 since Lima-193 just sweat all day. Our CC’s remind us now every time we’re in the galley that we’ll get fat if we keep eating the way we’ve been eating and ask if we want to go back to sweating all the time if we grab dessert. “NO!” Lima says but we still want that dessert.

 

We practiced our butts off for Manual of Arms and Close Order Drill, our very own shipmate calling cadence and teaching us and when the time came for us to perform for Chief Duncan—who terrifies us all on a good day—we preformed the best we could, working together and looking and feeling sharp. Of course, Chief Duncan then reminded us that he can still revert any of us right up until the end, making sure we still have the fear of God in us to keep us in line and to stop us from doing stupid stuff. Still, we walked away with puffed out chests and our heads held high.

 

We also finished up our classes—we learned how to use wedding rings and line to de-glove and/or amputate our fingers and how most of us will probably never wear one again. We also finished up signing our orders which made this all feel more real than it has felt before and the reality of our remaining time here set in.

The strangest thing happened with our CC’s and we’re still feeling and saying to each other, “did that really happen?” After completing the confidence course with them, which involves Lima tossing ourselves over logs and climbing rope nets and generally feeling like ill-equipped monkeys but laughing about it our CC’s sat us down, criss-cross-apple sauce, shut the hatch, and transformed into real human beings so we could ask them questions and look them in the eyes. They explained that this next week, where we will transition into behaving as non-rates and no one got yelled at. They confirmed our 03 suspicions:

  1. They did not ever, not for a second, go easy on Lima.
  2. Chief Heinze is as proficient with firearms as we thought.
  3. Petty Officer Loeffler did not care that it was a debrief, he still hates us and wants us to sweat forever.

So we ended the week with the sugar covered cherry on top. After scouring our squad bays and turning in our pieces, we donned our crisp tropical blue uniforms and garrison covers and stepped off for our off-base liberty —11 hours of freedom and our first experience representing the Coast Guard in public. We ate (too much); we rented hotel rooms and zonked out. We were overwhelmed by the generosity and support of the people in the Cape May area; we talked to our families, and had a damn good time.

Lima’s glowing and flying high. We have less than a week left and we are determined to finish strong and proud so that when we advance in front of our families and friends, our accomplishments will be clear and we can, as a unified company, hold our heads high as we enter the fleet.

 

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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