Lima 194 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Lima194 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 25, 2017

Graduates: June 16, 2017

For Lima 194 Graduation Program:  Will be posted on Thursday


The Epic Tale Of Lima-194

Week 07 Summary

Petty Officer Botts introduced Lima-194 to a new cadence as they returned to the house after breakfast singing “Lima company likes to party!” Returning to the gym, Lima-194 worked up a sweat trying to burn 1,000 calories in 60 minutes on the bikes. Clean ups were done in the squad bays they used to reside in, and their next port of call was the leadership class. Some leaders are born, while others are made, but to be a good leader, you must first be a good follower. Throughout their careers, the recruits will have opportunities to lead subordinates of their own. Following the class on leadership, they learned about first aid and rescue breathing. At the gym, they applied their skills firsthand to mannequins in different scenarios. The Pullenator took charge of the company after chow to another bike workout, ran them through the manual of arms test, taught them how to do a reef tuck in their tropical blue longs, and kicked some butt during evening routine. With a uniform inspection scheduled for tomorrow, Lima-194 must always be ready for whatever test is ahead. Would they pass or would they fail?

Tuesday morning, 01 miles and 100 push-ups later, Lima-194 crammed their face hole with food and coffee. Departed for Seamanship to take the final test and learn about line handling. Stuffing their faces at noon, the recruits completed another swim circuit. Back at the house, Lima-194 ran through the close order drill and manual of arms test again. Incentive training soon followed due to recruits being out of their minds. Following evening chow, Lima-194 shined low quarters, and memorized Semper Paratus. Petty Officer Botts took the company to experience part of the “William Flores challenge” they’d take Monday. Push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups, and bikes; the challenge would be demanding and Lima-194 would have to give it 110% to earn the pennant. Petty Officer Botts also showed the recruits how to use the weight machines. The recruits would have to be on their best behavior or Petty Officer Botts would pluck out their eyes and replace them with punches. Running back to the house, Lima-194 lined up on the quarter deck to sing Semper Paratus, learning it now rather than later, Lima-194 strives to be “Always Ready”.

Lima-194 returned to Seamanship to take the line handling practical, learning new commands and conquering another evolution of training. Leaving with the Seamanship pennant attached to the guidon, Lucille. Lima-194 conducted divine hours. Shortly after, Chief Heinze and Chief Pullen took the company to practice the manual of arms and close order drill test again. Day by day, Lima-194 was getting better. With only 48 hours until the test, every minute counts. After evening chow, the recruits were able to sit down with Chief Heinze for a debriefing. A vast amount of questions were asked about recruit training, rates, cutters, stations and his career. All of them were answered. A feeling of joy flowed through the company as they were able to talk with their lead company commander without him wearing his campaign cover. It wasn’t time to relax now, as the pain cave was in full use during evening routine. The recruits knew they couldn’t slack off now, it was all or nothing.

As the Next day dawned, 02 miles, 100 push-ups, and 100 sit-ups left Lima-194 ready for the day. Over at the Ida Lewis Auditorium, the recruits were able to talk to Master Chief Vanderhaven, and asked him questions about his career and the future rates in the Coast Guard. Another hour of administrative time occupied the schedule, followed by classes on substance abuse, sexually transmitted diseases, and contraception. After signing their orders, the recruits ran through another graduation practice to prepare for tomorrows’ event. In the playroom, the recruits awaited further instruction. A few trips up and down the ladderwells later and they were back in the playroom with their pieces for another sniper session. However, this sniper session was also a debrief with their Assistant Company Commanders. The recruits stated their likes, dislikes, and things they would change about recruit training. Questions about the assistants were also asked, such as what does the green cord on Petty Officer Bott’s uniform mean, why does Petty Officer Loeffler like smashing faces, or why does Chief Pullen like talking in 3rd person. Although week 07 gets closer and closer to the end, Petty Officer Loeffler made it crystal clear that the beatings will continue and the standards will remain high, all the way to graduation.

The day has arrived, for Lima-194 to put their skills to the test in close order drill, manual of arms and the final exam. The morning hours were put to good use studying for the exam till breakfast. After energizing their minds and bodies, the recruits headed to their next port of call: Learning Resource Center 2, to take the final test. The tension in the air was thick as the recruits answered 50 questions over the knowledge they’ve acquired over the last 7 weeks. A couple of hours later and the test was over, computers were off, and Lima-194 departed to participate in the graduation ceremony. Rounds of applause echoed throughout the regiment and Kilo-194 left the building, leaving Lima-194 the senior company on the regiment. Shortly after the recruits were in the playroom with Chief Pullen to practice for the manual of arms and close order drill test. Lined up in front of James Hall, the recruits were ready. Louder than ever before, moving as one, the test was completed. Earning a score of 19/20 (thanks to Chief Pullen’s incredible singing voice), Lima took a lap around the parade field and returned home. Chief Heinze informed them of a job well done and that they earned the Section Commander Pennant, Final Exam Pennant, and Lead Company Commander Pennant. 3 new pennants flowed from Lucille but the train doesn’t stop. Saturday would bring forth another test to see how the recruits handle themselves in public. Would they rise, or would they fall?

Early in the morning the recruits returned from turning in their pieces to finish up preparations on their tropical blues. Shirt stays were attached, steam flowed from the irons, low quarters were shined, and reef tucks were formed. Soon Lima-194 was marching towards the gates ready to commence off base liberty. In the vision of the public eye, the recruits ventured off to explore Cape May, and Rio Grande. Some recruits seeked out the thrill of the rollercoaster’s along the pier, while others watched movies, or just relaxed and talked with family and friends. Upon return to the house, the recruits completed their mission with flawless precision. Now all that’s left to do, was wait patiently for the outcome.

The SA William Flores Challenge, a challenge consisting of 03 minutes of pushups, 03 minutes of sit-ups, pull-ups, 01 hours of bike riding, a 02 mile run, and a 100 meter swim is not for the faint hearted. Pushing themselves harder than they ever have before, the recruits of Lima-194 strived for success giving it 110%. Despite the company’s small size, they’re big at heart, leaving it all at the gymnasium. The results came in, Lima-194 earned the Physical Fitness Pennant bringing the total to 08 out of 10. The only pennant left to earn was the Battalion Commander Pennant, to quiz 10 random recruits with 10 question each on required knowledge. Earning that pennant would also earn the Coast Guard Pennant, for earning all of the available pennants. Chief Heinze named the awardees for graduation, let Lima-194 do administrative time and settle into Evening Routine. As the sound of mattresses sliding across the quarterdeck flowed through the squadbay, it was evident that recruits were still losing their minds. That’s not good to go, especially going into week 08.


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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