Lima194 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Lima194 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 25, 2017

Graduates: June 16, 2017


Lima-194 Blog Week 02

Since forming with our Company Commanders everything has changed. It seems our lives now are constant stress and effort, each recruit only trying to make it to the next meal. And even then, during every meal we are constantly drilled and yelled at. We are all being pushed to our limits, and it’s only been a week. However, we can all see where we want to be and how to get there. Everything is with a purpose and this is all a huge learning experience. Every day we get taught new things, like drills and salutes, how to board vessels, how to relieve stress (much needed) and so much more than just classroom stuff. Most mornings (all mornings) have started with harsh wake-up calls and many still are not used to it. Not to mention the morning pushups at an hour that no one should be awake. Training workout at the gym keeps getting harder and harder. Not to say we’re by any means close to where we need to be. Being quite, slow and incompetent has led to many severe incentive training sessions. We are all used to hoisting our canteens over our heads, running back and forth repeatedly, sweating our faces off, and screaming at the top of our lungs. Every night we go to bed exhausted and sore, more and more responsibilities are being thrust upon us now as we are expected to know how to act and what to say. A few of us have already been reverted/rephrased and our Company Commanders promise more will follow. The disciplinary actions are higher and the stakes are higher. We carry around a piece, stand night watches and need to know our required knowledge.

But we also can make up for each other’s mistakes, short comings if we help one another. We’re a team, we mess up together, we sweat together, we cry together and we learn together. This strain has brought us closer together. We all trust one another because we’re all going through the same hardship. It may (will) get harder but Lima-194 will be ready.


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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