Lima 197 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Lima 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 07, 2019

Graduates: June 28, 2019


Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

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Under the “Graduation Date” Tab you will be able to find the Graduation Program


To view the Graduation Live: Time: 1100 AM

The live stream of the graduations are viewed by going to the training center’s Facebook page at


*It should be noted that the live streams are a courtesy and not a guarantee. There could be technical issues or resource availability issues that would interfere with the stream. The live streams are not intended to be high definition productions of the graduation ceremonies.


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LIMA week 07 summary


07 weeks on the Regiment for Lima Company. We have sweated, we have screamed, we have failed, we have succeeded, we have laughed, we have cried, we have learned, we have worked. Most importantly, we have overcome. The recruits reflected on this today as we wandered Cape May and the surrounding area freed from the gates of the Training Center. This week was remarkably different from the earlier weeks of training. Lima Company came together in a big way this week. Every recruit was held accountable to be on point. Lima, for the most part was on point. Lima Company was loud, we were fast, our uniforms were sharp, our recruit comms … well, we are not going to talk about that one. From our last Seamanship class to off base liberty, the last steps of recruit training are upon us. We are almost ready to join the fleet as non-rates. The most notable change for Lima thus far was our interactions with our CCs. Company Commander debriefs began this week where the CCs take off their covers and address the recruits as subordinates as opposed to recruits. Open questions and laughing are now an acceptable act when Lima speaks within Main Muster Squad bay. The reason for this is to allow the recruits to get accustomed to addressing their leaders without recruit communication. A recruit should not show up to their unit screaming, “Sir, Seaman Recruit_____. I request to inform you….!!!” The Coast Guard needs personable non-rates that can act accordingly, not robots. As Lima wraps up final unit reporting matters and travel arrangements, we have spent much of our time in the computer lab and the Administration Building on our own without supervision, another example along with today’s off-base liberty of increased trust and responsibility given to the senior company. Week 08 is here and while training is not over, the recruits of Lima should take in all of this week because a lot of cool stuff will be happening. One last thing to remember is LOUDER, FASTER, NOTHING ELSE MATTERS.


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.