Lima 197 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Lima 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 07, 2019

Graduates: June 28, 2019




Firefighting, Close Order Drill test, live fire drills and exhaustion were the themes for LIMA 197’s week. Now that we are exactly halfway through the training program, shipmates are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. However, due to the aforementioned events, combined with the late night watch schedules, more frequent inspections, and heavier expectations from the Company Commanders, Lima Company must remain ever vigilant and prepared. The number one thing that recruits focused on when they joined the Coast Guard is where they will live. This week Lima Company got to fill out their dream sheets, those small pieces of paper will determine where the recruits will serve their first station. It was very excited day for Lima, unfortunately they will have to wait until week 05 to find out where they are going. Until then we must put our noses to the grindstone as we will be required to not only meet, but exceed the expectations. Lima Company is truly beginning to see that Cape May accepts nothing but 100% dedication and perfect attention to detail at all times. The recruits certainly have their work cut out for them. On the upside, LIMA did very well on the firefighting practical… A simulated group firefighting test. Despite ill-fitting equipment and little to no experience the recruits did well and earned one more story to share with their families. More times than not recruits training blends together and morphs into a big blur. The first things that do not fall into that blend are lessons taught and lessons learned. Lima in learning and will continue to learn until 28 June 2019. Lima Company needs to apply those lessons thoroughly and strive to encompass the Coast Guard’s Core Values of Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty.


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.