Lima 196 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Lima 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Aug 07, 2018

Graduates: Sep 28, 2018



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36 Hours remain in Lima Company 196’s third week of training. With week 04 looming ahead, the pace of Coast Guard Boot Camp is ever increasing. As the Chaplain put it “The days take forever, but the weeks fly by.”

As far as the company’s workout regimen, the week was filled with many muscle and stamina building activities. We endured several different types of runs from sprints to long distance and interval training as well as an exhausting, but productive, swim session. We also drenched the gym’s stationary bikes in sweat. Mentally, we broke a sweat as well with several days of what is likely many recruit’s favorite class: Seamanship. Over the past week we became proficient in the 06 main knots used in the Coast Guard, as well as proper helm control and etiquette.

Each day Lima is getting sharper and more precise with our “Manual of Arms”, which is the governing set of rules on how to hold and maneuver a rifle in formation. Don’t worry friends and family, we aren’t practicing with real guns!

Although the Company Commanders never hesitate to point out our short comings, there lies a clear desire to learn the skills that we will need in the fleet. When all is said and done, the Company Commanders don’t harshly disparage us because they have a genuine desire to see us improve and it is their job to do whatever is necessary to ensure the fleet is receiving the best recruits possible.

Looking forward, Lima Company begins firefighting training tomorrow and will continue all next week. Hopefully all the fire drills we have executed at 0530 in the morning will come in handy. With the new week on the horizon and no signs of recruit training slowing down or getting any easier, all we can ask of you is to keep writing us and keep us in your thoughts. The only thing that makes things easier at Cape May, is being reminded why we are here.


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.