Lima 195 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Lima 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Nov 28, 2017

Graduates: January 19, 2018


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Week 07 was an interesting week for Lima Company. A lot of things took place. We got to sing cadence with our company commanders and had debriefs with them. We got our colors and had off base liberty too! Being the senior company on the regiment isn’t something that just comes to a company just because they are senior. It comes when you actually do the senior company tasks. You are louder, faster and more knowledgeable than any of the other companies around.

This week was comprised mostly of administrative time. Wrapping up speaking to unit sponsors, completing paperwork for household goods moves, finalizing orders, and finishing up unit reporting guides.

Our company commanders introduced singing cadences to us! Finally! Hearing it as the junior company had us aching to do it ourselves. Now that we’re senior company and are singing cadences with our company commanders, the junior companies have no choice but to watch, listen and be envious. Lima definitely loves to let the regiment know who we are as a company, and what successes we’ve had.

Along with wanting to sing cadences, we wanted our colors. More than anything in the world, we wanted them, and we got them! That flag is a beautiful thing! We named her Athena! The second we saw her we all wanted to have her! For Lima Company seeing Athena was “love at first sight”. It was hands down the best moment in recruit training so far.

There are happy moments and stressful moments in recruit training and we definitely had both this week. We had to take our final exam and also had our close order drill and manual of arms test. We were all stressed out about it all. We studied as much as possible and knew that we knew the information. However, when we all went to take the test, it’s like we knew nothing. There were over 600 pages of knowledge and we didn’t know what to study. Even though we were all stressed out and nervous, we all passed!

Our manual of arms and close order drill tests went well. We got 9/10 and 10/10! Not bad at all! Considering we couldn’t get outside much the past week and a half due to the weather being so bad, we practiced indoors when we could and gave it our best shot. Our best was definitely good enough.

The end of this week brought us our off base liberty! We all went out and just simply enjoyed ourselves. We stuffed our faces with pizza, sushi, and candy. The most important part of the day was being able to take a nap! We got approached by people and thanked for our service all day long. It was a very rewarding experience. The whole day was very enjoyable.

This week was a mature week for Lima Company, as we sat down with our company commanders one at a time and they answered our questions. It helped us to understand them more as professionals. We got the chance to tell them how we appreciate them and the time and dedication it took from them to mold and make us into the best that we could be. They prepared us for the fleet and got us ready for what is going to be required of us.

This week really gave us the “feel” of what it really means to be the senior company. We will march into week 08 determined to finish strong, while striving to be the best that we can truly be!




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.