Lima 198 Recruit Journal Week 03

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

Week 03 of LIMA-198’s journey saw slow progress. The standard has been clearly repeated: be loud, be fast and do the right thing. So simple yet so out of reach, like a toddler refusing help to reach the cookies he so desperately wants. At the beginning of the week, seamanship classes brought nautical traditions to basic training. Learning knots and helm commands helped make recruit training “click” a little more. The recruit communication that we strive to strictly adhere to is directly linked to the way commands are given at the helm of a Cutter. This has really reinforced the notion that “everything we do here has a purpose.”

Once we stepped further into Coast Guard training and into the Coast Guard’s culture, the rigid structure here makes a lot more sense. For example, the galley rules state that when you have a tray with food on it you must hold the tray one first distance from your body and pin your elbows in. The rule seems arbitrary at first glance, but it is also the same technique for holding a rifle at Port Arms. As some things start to make sense, a lot of things start to not make sense. With the simple rules in place and clearly articulated by our Company Commanders, the company is still struggling to follow them. After ENDLESS Incentive Training sessions, screaming until we are hoarse and holding our canteens over our heads for minutes on end, a feeling of frustration has washed over the company. We keep suffering for the mistakes all of us are making!

A lot of us are extremely proud of where we are today but humility is the propulsion that LIMA-198 is looking for to boost this company to success. Programs like probation and the looming threat of rephasal to MIKE-198 is challenging the members of LIMA to put the team first. We have the tools to succeed and graduate together as a team, the real question is whether or not we can put it to work before we lost any more shipmates.

We set the interest of the United States and its citizens as our priority no matter what. Above all, we humbly place ourselves into service for our country. LIMA-198 is being humbled. But after humility, glory awaits.

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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