Lima 198 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Formed: February 11, 2020
Graduates: April 03, 2020

Fast and Loud! The 2 things that have been the Achilles heel of Lima 198 in week 02. Seeing recruits moving around the squad bays with these two qualities is like watching grizzly bears catch salmon moving up a mountain river. It is absolute open season for our Company Commanders.

Week 02 for Lima 198 was a time for change. We spent the week trying to learn the basic day to day routines for a company at Training Center Cape May. We spent a lot of time in the classroom! We learned about Coast Guard Core Values, rates and ranks and how to properly transit around the Regiment. Week 02 for Lima 198 was also a painful, sweaty, loud and exhausting time, to say the least.

It’s been difficult for many of us to break bad habits and acquire military bearing at all times. Our Assistant Company Commanders circle us like vultures all day long, waiting for one of us to lose focus and scratch our face or look out the window. Before you know it, you’ve got one of them screaming to get on the ground and push! However, through all of the pain, sweat and tears and the mountainous amounts of information piled on us to memorize. We learned that Coasties are held to a high standard. We can only rise up to meet those standards, they will not come down for us.

Chief Snyder, our Lead Company Commander, has stressed that we need to stray away from the Fortnight playing, Netflix watching, hanging out with your buddies version of ourselves. He says that once the uniform goes on, we are all business. We must strive to be “little blue statues” in formation and “blue blurs” when we move with a sense of urgency. Robots that operate at maximum volume and maximum speed. Although we are still quite slow and more than half of us have lost our voices already, Week 03 is going to be a week of great improvement! Hopefully less sweat as well. We’ve got our eyes in the boat and are ready to continue to grow as a company.

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.

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