Lima 197 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Lima 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 07, 2019

Graduates: June 28, 2019



As week 05 wanes, Lima Company has much to reflect upon. Although they are exhausted, the recruits have come together and succeeded as a company in ways they never thought possible. As each week has passed, the recruits of Lima 197 have grown ever more reliant on each other to meet the growing demands of training. It is unfortunate to say that some members of Lima Company were decidedly sent back in training as they were recommended for more time in the program to help them succeed. On the other hand, Lima has gained a handful from a senior company. Those individuals are motivated and getting to work to ensure they graduate with their new company. The toughest part of the week was without a doubt Lima’s first official inspection from the Battalion Commander. Along with the Section Commander scrutinizing every uniform, quizzing recruits on required knowledge, and ordering racks to be popped at random to make sure that every rack makeup requirement was met. The expectation was nothing but perfection. The recruits did their best. The week moved on and Lima Company found itself with more autonomy as a unit. The recruits are marching themselves to class and chow, expected to make time objectives on their own, raising and lowering colors for the Regiments and are given more free time for squad bay maintenance. It is evident that Lima Company is now expected to demonstrate independence in the face of increased responsibility. On Thursday night something miraculous occurred. Lima was given orders to their first units after graduation. Some were thrilled, others less so, but recruits received orders to cutters, small boat stations, and air stations all over. Recruits will be going to units on the West Coast, East Coast, Midwest, Alaska, Puerto Rico, and Guam. Although not everyone got their top choice, Lima is happy that they are one step closer to graduating and pursuing their dreams in the fleet and “A” School. They were also permitted to call their families and inform them of the news. Lima ended it’s week with a visit from the Company Mentors, Captain Stoemer and Master Chief Klein. After a morning open discussion, the recruits and their Mentors hit the confidence course with their CCs. It was a blast. Three more weeks Lima!


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.