Lima 196 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Lima 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Aug 07, 2018

Graduates: Sep 28, 2018


Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

Go to:

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


To view the Graduation Live: Time: 1100 AM

The live stream of the graduations are viewed by going to the training center’s Facebook page at


*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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Week 02 LIMA-196 Summary


Lima-196 completed its first full week and what a long and eventful week it was. Along the way, there were many new experiences, such as learning to use survival float suits and acquiring our pieces which are demilitarized M-16’s. The last week was filled with its fair share of hardships as well, such as many cumulated hours of holding canteens above our heads and other disciplinary incentive trainings. Our company commanders are trained professional creators of the future leaders of America, but even better sweat produces.

The company had the honor of marching in the graduation ceremony of H-196 this Friday. The sight of the graduates who made it through the eight weeks and their families cheering them on tugged many of our hearts and gave us a much needed morale boost as we caught a glimpse of the finish line. Although we are a long ways away from graduation, we also had our spirits lifted when we were able to meet with the Rating Force Master Chiefs from GM, ME, MST, and OS who are the mentors for our company. They granted us much insight into the daily life of a “Coastie” and answered our questions with valuable words of wisdom. It was also motivating to know that these well respected and accomplished leaders were once exactly where we are today.

Although choices are in short supply for recruits, we are given a cornucopia of options in the mess hall. With three meals a day, loaded with many delicious dishes, every recruit is counting down the minutes till meal time. At first we were only allowed to drink water, but recently we earned the right to special drinks like milk and PowerAde. It may sound trivial, but it was a great example of not knowing what you have until it’s gone.

All in all we are holding our heads high and hoping the worst is behind us, although most of the company is catching a bad cough, aptly named the “Cape May Crud”, it’s just one more trial for our training.


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.