Lima 198 Recruit Journal Week 04

International Maritime Signal Flag Lima

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

Week 04 has officially come to a close for LIMA-198. The week held many ups, downs, left faces, right faces, and sweat sessions. We got to learn and practice basic firefighting skills with extinguishers, hose handling, and the full fire protective gear and breathing apparatus’. Needless to say, all that gear made us sweat almost as much as our Assistant Company Commanders do.

With that being said, Chief Snyder announced this week that he would be taking a more hands off role with that element of training. He knows that we know what the expectations are around here and it is up to us to not only hold ourselves accountable as individuals – but begin truly putting the pressure on one another to give maximum effort at all times. The devil is in the details. We are getting better each week; faster and louder, but the one piece of gear left adrift, the one time we didn’t take out the garbage, the one time we don’t lock up a piece – that’s what kills us. The attention to detail truly haunted us this week but it seems as though more and more shipmates are beginning to become more vocal and able to delegate in a more efficient manner.

The proof is in the output. We saw more individual aspects come into play this week as we took our midterm, lost and retained shipmates after the conclusion of ramp, and filled out dream sheets for our orders that we will receive next week. Being that we have officially passed the half way point of training, we ended the week on a massive moral boost with our off base run. This was more than just a jog around Cape May to let the locals know our Company Commanders haven’t killed us in the squadbays yet, it was a reminder of why we’re here, who we are becoming, and the tradition and values the United States Coast Guard upholds.

For this run, we got in formation as we would for normal marching, however, for this evolution, our Company Commanders sang our cadence call and repeat style as we followed their lead with each chant. To be honest, running the streets with our company and Company Commanders singing our cadence was a truly gratifying, unique, and special feeling. It fills you with a sense of pride, reassurance, and hope for what the future holds as a Coast Guardsman. It reminded us all that we are here to serve, and to become the best versions of ourselves in order to honor those who came before us in this special branch of the military. We are all becoming a part of something far bigger than ourselves. Week 05 is ahead, the standard only raises from here.

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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