Lima 197 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Lima 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 07, 2019

Graduates: June 28, 2019


Week 06 proved to be an eventful, challenging yet rewarding week for Lima-197. It started out with conducting the Physical Fitness Test, which upon successful completion of 88% or higher of us that were tested, we passed on our first attempt, earning our First pennant for when we get our Colors. Next we hopped on an hour bus ride to the firing range where we practiced our Firearms safety procedures and conducted our practical evaluation. As a company we earned our Second pennant for our Colors with an 80% scoring a 115 or higher during the live fire exercise. Later on in the week we were ordered to clean out James Hall and prepare the first deck for the arrival of OSCAR-197, the newest company on the regiment. On Saturday we earned our On-Base Liberty. We marched over to the Harborview Restaurant where we enjoyed some pizza, wings, and our cell phones. At first when we turned on our cell phones we looked at them as if they were an alien object after not having them in 06 weeks. However when we started to make phone calls to our family, friends, and loved ones, we were able to relax a little bit returning to the individuals we were before boot camp. As we sat at the Harborview, looking out toward the bay, we reflected on the past weeks and the final weeks to come. Next week we will be taking on a mentoring type role for PAPA-197, the incoming company. While we may have been in their shoes, we will be at the end of week 07, and with the experience and knowledge that our company and companies in general gain in that short time we will be able to provide as much as possible to our future shipmates, giving them the best insight and advice that we can to help them be as successful as possible. Week 06 has come and gone. It has had its ups and downs, twists and turns, highs and lows, and as we prepare to enter our final two weeks of training we know that it is not yet over. We must come together more as a Company, sprint through the finish line, strengthen our weakest links, adapt and overcome any obstacle that may be on the horizon as we prepare to transition into the world’s greatest Coast Guard.


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.