Lima 198 Recruit Journal Week 05

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And just like that, week five draws to a close for LIMA 198. This week we stumbled through some huge milestones. We had our uniform inspection with the Battalion Commander, received our dress uniforms, got our orders and got to make our first phone calls home!

The uniform inspection seemed to go well for many of our Shipmates, but for those who were unprepared…MIKE-198 gained a few good recruits. The week did have some other highlights including floating around the pool in survival suits and spending time with our mentors Captain Stump and Master Chief Barbazon. Learning from their experiences and picking their brains to prepare ourselves for the future helped pick the company up after a relentless week of training.

We also got to tackle the confidence course (aka obstacle course) for the first time. The course consists of several obstacles that require jumping, climbing and maneuvering to complete each challenge. Many of us got through the course without problem or hesitation, but for others, the physical or mental stress of the rope, double bars, high wall and log jump proved to be pretty intimidating. Luckily, our Company Commanders are masters in the art of YOU WILL NOT QUIT. It was rewarding to watch some of our Shipmates struggle and eventually conquer their fears.

This week brought some reminders that we are nearing graduation. We received our dress uniforms and, more importantly, we got our orders! While our dress uniforms are eagerly waiting in the back of our squadbays until we earn the right to put them on, our orders are in our hands and we have already started making plans for the future. Receiving orders was a huge eye opener for LIMA-198. We are going to cutters, small boat stations, port security units and more all over the country. Some of our Shipmates are ecstatic while others are a little nervous about the future. Chief Snyder reminded all of us with a genuine passion that no matter where we are going, this is a NEW ADVENTURE and it will be full of once in a lifetime opportunities.

After phone calls home, a sense of resolve and renewed motivation washed over the company. We know this is not the time to get comfortable and try to coast to graduation, it will never happen. Moving into week 06, it is time to put the LIMA pedal to the metal and push forward ALL GAS NO BRAKES style to be the best company we are capable of being.

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.

Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon
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