Lima 195 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Lima 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Nov 28, 2017

Graduates: January 19, 2018




You can honestly say this was a busy and tough week for Lima from the start. There was Christmas and Operation Fireside. Then the loss of so many shipmates for not meeting the week 05 recruit standards. As graduation week gets closer, the room for errors shrinks.

Operation Fireside helped us a lot this week. The extra motivation to keep pushing along and reminding you why you’re here. Reminders came in from the people you love, and the people we got to spend the day with.

On the flip side of that, there were a lot of moments of self-reflection. All the happenings this week dropped our numbers substantially. Watching shipmates just leave within the blink of an eye was nerve shattering. Just like that! It’s not something we like to see and it does something to a recruit to see that happening. Having thoughts of who could be next, or stressing about the small details that can get you bumped from your senior company and into a junior one. One unconfident move in front of a section commander and you’re done! It’s true that the expectations get higher and higher each week.

We still have a lot to learn in order to become a better company. One way to prove that we were making strides and hitting those milestones was having graduation support. We stood watch. We executed it pretty well and were efficient. We were where we were supposed to be and on time! We did quite decent.

This week was also filled with bike workouts. They’re pretty intense too. We like doing things with our company commanders. We don’t like it when they hold us accountable and we know we’re going to sweat. We had our section commander inspection this week. We did better than we thought however we still got into trouble for the failures. Everyone is afraid and no one wants to leave Lima, but if you’re questioned by the section commander and you don’t know what you’re supposed to, then it’s not up to you. You had 05 weeks to learn what you are supposed to know. We even had a surprise rack inspection. Overall as a company, we were not prepared for what week 05 brought us. It was like getting blindsided. We didn’t see it coming. Ironically enough, again, our company commanders told us what would happen and explained that the bar would be set much higher. As bad as it was, it helped us to get in the mindset to be ready at all times, and take things more seriously.

We have also been preparing for our close order drill and manual of arms test. It’s the latest topic in the “locker room” lately. Some shipmates are scared to do their front and centers and some aren’t. All are hoping they won’t get chosen. Stage fright in recruit training is something that sets in the moment you got off of the bus and never ever leaves you.

It’s crazy how it’s week 06 already, but for some reason 19 January still feels like an eternity from now. Week 05 was Lima’s reality check. No more games or the consequences are that your chances are ruined.





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.