Lima 196 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Lima 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Aug 07, 2018

Graduates: Sep 28, 2018

Lima-196 Week 06

Monday was an exciting day with weather that was more temperate. It was high winds and torrential rains all day! The day however, kicked off firearms handling and training. This was for one half of the company only, as the other half would have theirs a couple of days later.

One of our assistant CCs taught us a uniform class. It was which uniforms are what, and when we are authorized to wear them along with their proper wear. It was helpful, informative and useful to us all.

On Tuesday morning right after chow, we had our physical fitness assessment. For some recruits it was like running a marathon, while for others, it was nothing hard to complete. After that morning, we switched gears to planning our lives once we leave recruit training. We filled out our travel sheets. Multiple yeoman helped fill out our sheets and gave us our report dates. We’re all very excited to get to our first units.

Immediately after that, that half of the company that had their firearms training, got to go put it to the test and live fire. As a company we scored very well. We scored an average of 83.6%. Next company to the first and that was Golf. We arrived scared and unsure and left proud and exhausted. We slept on the way back.

Wednesday was truly a day of education. The shipmates who didn’t pass Tuesday retested and only one didn’t make it. Around 1230 we had a class on career counseling. It was definitely interesting and was taught by one of our assistant CCs. The other half of the company got to go learn about firearms handling and training as well.

Thursday we did safety class all morning, first with one of our assistant CCs again, and then the second class with our ISB instructor. After those classes in the freezing classroom, we stepped off for chow. We then proceeded to head to our household entitlements class which was taught by a civilian. Many people filled out forms for moving their items and shipping their vehicles. The class finished and then we rolled into administrative planning time for our units which was very easy to get anxious about. Then that night the other half of the company took their shot at their firearms training. They ended up scoring much higher than the other half, which is good for us as a whole!

As for Friday, it was a pinch…literally. After morning chow, we headed over to medical to get round 02 of our shots. The processing went fairly quickly due to this not being the first time we’ve done this. Post medical, we had a surprise visit from the Battalion Commander. He performed a random rack inspection, which surprised us all. Soon after that, we headed over to help set up the gym for another indoor graduation. After that, we had another class on goals, physical fitness and our individual development plans. We learned about the semi-annual weigh-ins, BMI check, goal sheet, and plans as well.

Saturday! The day we have been hoping for all week because of…LIBERTY! Reveille was quick and then we marched to chow. After that we visited the small boat station, and a couple of cutters to see what actual non-rate life will be like. It was a well learned experience. Afterward we had uniform maintenance until 1400 to prepare for our on-base liberty. During this time the company was in a mad rush to shine their boondockers like mirrors and iron blouses that looked like we slept in them. After the uniforms were perfected to squad leader standards, we returned online to main muster to start singing Semper Paratus while waiting to be inspected. After the singing and inspection, we started our liberty! Recruits rushed to the exchange, gym, or Harborview. Anywhere they were allowed to go. Many recruits just sat around and socialized. Lima-196 felt proud of itself. The week was coming to a close.


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.