Lima 195 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Lima 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Nov 28, 2017

Graduates: January 19, 2018




This week for LIMA turned out to be crazy due to the weather, it started out like normal week of training, take some classes, practice our Manual of Arms, get a lot of workouts in and study study study! Half of the company got to go to the firing range this week and conduct live fire training. Something that some of us had never done before. In addition we had more uniform inspections and on the spot tests of our required knowledge, our Company Commanders and our Section Chief have not let us slip an inch when it comes to both of those. Something new this week has been Evening Routine, a carefully planned out schedule that begins with a workout with our CCs and then goes into a timed schedule for the evening. There’s a block for squadbay maintenance, one for uniform maintenance and what we all want a little more time for mail or personal time which we can use how we want. We all can’t wait for it! But there’s a catch….. Mess up for a second during the day and it’s gone! You’ll be sweating out on the quarterdeck with the CCs until just about time to shower and quickly read a letter! It’s kept us all on our toes all day, who would have thought that we would look forward to cleaning this much!

We’ve also learned about what it takes to move around the country as a military member, we’ve contacted our new units and are starting to receive Welcome Aboard Messages from them. We’ve taken classes on moving and how we get paid and were starting to really learn about where we are going and how we are going to get there. Looking at places to live in our new cities and towns has really made us excited for gradation. One of the major events at the end of this week was on base liberty. It was great being able to talk with family after being gone for so long! Some people were glued to their phones the entire time. We had the chance to talk to each other, reflect on how far we have come, laugh and some of the craziness that has gone on but all the while remembering that we were going to snap back into recruit mode as soon as it was over. Plus the most challenging part was coming up, being the senior company on the regiment!

The other big event was the storm that hit Cape May, it was no joke! We all thought it was going to be some snow, some wind and maybe some rain… But…. It brought a whole blizzard with it! It had us all blowing around outside, feeling like it was picking us up off the ground and it didn’t stop! We were shoveling snow as fast as it was falling, we couldn’t even try to march, we had to single file it everywhere just to make it to where we needed to be. Classes were canceled, the whole base seemed deserted except for the few recruits we saw and of course, our Company Commanders could make it in even if the whole training center was buried under 20 feet of snow, they never let up! As I write this there’s still snow drifts taller than the company.

LIMA is excited about the next weeks, but also nervous, we realize that we’ve all learned a lot and it’s time to put it to use and show that were getting ready to graduate. We keep being reminded that it’s not over till it’s over!


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.