Lima 196 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Lima 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Aug 07, 2018

Graduates: Sep 28, 2018


Week 04 Summary Lima-196

The passing of week 04 marks the half way point to company Lima-196 graduation. Although many hurdles have been corssed getting to this point, the home stretch can often be the hardest part of any race.

The week started with a close order drill test (which means we were judged on how well we marched as a company), and out score of a 04 our of 10 proved that our unit cohesion is still sub-par. Later that evening we took our individual photos donning our Service Dress Blue uniform for the first time. This gave many of us the inspiration we would need to push through the rest of the week.

The following day we studied about fire fighting techniques and equipment in order to prepare us for the fire fighting practival exam later in the week. The practical was one of the toughest, yet most exciting parks of training to date. The chaos and shouting was not unlike the night we first stepped off the bus, but this time we face a mock fire instead of company commanders. To break down the practival, we first donned full fire fighting gear, including a self contained breathing apparatus. We then assembled into 05 person fire crews and hurried while crouched into a room filled with blinding smoke. We clung to each other and reshed to the end of our designated fire hoses and proceeded to rotate in the proper manner we were instructed on so that everone had a chance to operate the fire hose and prove to the instructors we were competent enough to fight a real fire. Squatting in 50 pounds of sweat inducing gear and holding it, plus controlling the 30 pound hose is not as easy as it sounds.

Recruits in lima-196 were estatic to submit their “dream sheets” this week, and influence our assignment locations, which we should know the end of next week. Some recruits want to be stationed at or near their home towns, while others are looking forward to setting off on a bold adventure far away, aboard one of the Coast Guard’s finest cutters. But everyone shares the hope that their “dream sheet” becomes a reality.

The week ended with the entire company completing and passing our mid-terms which gave us a much needed confidence boost that will help us into week 05 which promises to hold mabny challenges one of which is the personnel inspection by the Battalion Commander. A man who is not famous for his mercy. Please wish our company luck and we hope.


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.