Lima 195 Recruit Journal Weeks 01/02

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Lima 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Nov 28, 2017

Graduates: January 19, 2018


Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

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Under the “Graduation Date” Tab you will be able to find the Graduation Program


To view the Graduation Live: Time: 1100 AM

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*It should be noted that the live streams are a courtesy and not a guarantee. There could be technical issues or resource availability issues that would interfere with the stream. The live streams are not intended to be high definition productions of the graduation ceremonies.

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As the bus enters training center cape may, there falls a dead silence throughout the bus. Everyone is acting cool, but really we have no idea what we are in for. As soon as the bus backed in front of sexton hall, a screaming machine wearing a smoky bear stormed on, yelled about some rules, and then told us to get off his bus. As we run off as fast as possible without falling flat on our faces, we rush to retrieve our bags and find a triangle to stand on. Once we were lined up perfectly on our little spots. After, we had some gear issued, and spend a few days there until Friday when we were woken up at 0500, to take our physical fitness test. That afternoon, our company was officially formed and we met our Company Commanders. Each one different but motivated in their resolve to transform us into a successful company. This is where the pain began. During the drills we hold canteens over our heads, scream until our throats are on fire. One shipmate made the mistake of looking at the clock to see what time it was, or Company Commander snatched it off the wall and threw it on the deck, “This is my time, it doesn’t matter what the clock says”. One recruit even decided to stop following orders; he was quickly escorted off by security. Even quitting is hard in recruit training. Even chow time is stressful, endless questions and rules for transiting and sitting and even how to eat. Last Saturday, a shipmate couldn’t handle the stress and had a panic attack, collapsed on the ground, and we all stood there while the ambulance and the EMT’s attended to him while he screamed. Even at night you might wake up and hear shipmates muttering “aye aye” to one of our Company Commanders, unable to escape reality even in our dreams. By the end of week 2 we’ve already lost shipmates to medical reasons. Life is rough, and it’s only the beginning.



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.