Lima 195 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Lima 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Nov 28, 2017

Graduates: January 19, 2018

Week 04 Summary

What a week. What a week. What a week. Week 04. It was probably the most important week for Lima Company with regards to coming together as a group. Mentally it was draining for quite a few of us. With all the reverted recruits and recruits on probation stress was at an all-time high. Don’t forget about R.A.M.P. No one wants to go to R.A.M.P. If not, then reversion, probation or R.A.M.P. are for you! Oh yeah add in taking our mid-term as well.

Recruit training, so far, has really been a life changing experience for most of us. It has pushed us farther than we thought it would and further than we thought we could go. Mentally, physically, and emotionally. The beginning of this week was very stressful with all the constant reminders about how we can end up on probation or end up going to R.A.M.P. We took that guidance seriously because our Company Commanders do not lie. Literally everything that they have mentioned so far, has come to pass! Soooooo it goes without saying that you have whatever they’ve been telling you on your mind at all times and it never leaves.

We’ve lost quite a number of shipmates due to the fact that they couldn’t pass probation or R.A.M.P. It’s like one of our Company Commanders said, “We’re dropping them like it’s hot.” That statement is definitely true. Week 04 was like a thunder storm where it rained red probation belts! As a company we were conflicted because of that in the back of our minds and then we had moments where we took our individual photos, scanned through other company photos, and started thinking about where we wanted to take ours.

The company has come together more this week than we realized and we believe that it’s because we are taking training more seriously. We have been practicing our close order drill and our manual of arms. We’re more confident and looking much better. We learned our piece nomenclature and when we say it together, we’re loud and proud. Who knew that we had it in us?! We love marching with our pieces too. It’s an awesome sight when we do. Everyone is in sync and on the same page.

Overall week 04 has made us a stronger unit. We’re doing senior company tasks like marching ourselves to our classes and other places, getting our orders soon, and are performing colors detail. A lot of tasking and responsibility has been thrown our way, but we’re handling it somewhat well. We’re taking tests, figuring out faster ways to make our time objectives and taking pride in what we do. We want our colors. We’ve been talking about it a lot this week. We haven’t wanted anything more. But we would definitely rather have our Company Commanders give them to us because they were earned, rather than just handed to us.

Week 04 showed us how training can be if we work together as a company, and the alternative is a whole lot better than doing push-ups. Lima is finally starting to realize that.


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.