Lima 198 Recruit Journal Week 06

International Maritime Signal Flag Lima
 

Week 06 has been the biggest week for LIMA Company in many ways. We began checking off major requirements for graduation such as passing our physical fitness test, passing our live shooting test at the range and trying on our dress uniforms for mock inspections. We also came across some major milestones as we finally earned our colors and got the very first taste of freedom with our on base liberty.

After KILO Company graduated on Wednesday, LIMA officially became the senior company. The walk, the talk, the attitude and the awareness displayed by the vast majority of the company shows that we are ready for that heavy responsibility and we are prepared for the challenges that the higher standard will bring our way. This week brought us four pennants that will be flown on our colors: the physical fitness, blood drive, midterm and firearms pennants. Along with this we have put together our tailored dress uniforms and begun practicing inspections with our CCs. As the senior company, we had the opportunity to help guide the new forming recruits through galley procedures, incentive training demonstrations and rack setup. It feels like yesterday that we were being shown the ropes by the senior company during our first weekend here.

Friday night marked a massive step forward in training for LIMA. The evening began with our first observation of colors as a full company during regimental sunset. This was followed by Chief Snyder discussing the importance of what that ceremony means to our country and what it should mean to us as individuals. Saluting the national ensign each morning and evening is no innocuous, redundant task. It is a constant reminder of the ownership and pride that we should all have in the oath we swore to the United States and the commitment we now have to the Coast Guard. Chief Snyder drove this point home later as he took us to the Coast Guard Enlisted Memorial.

Several Shipmates read the stories of enlisted Coast Guard men and women who died while serving. Then our Company Commanders each took a turn reading about a fallen Coast Guard hero that they picked. We heard the heroic acts of William Flores, Senior Chief Horne and others. Although the memorial was quiet and dimly lit, the ever burning flame in the center of the memorial accompanied by the thousands of names who made the ultimate sacrifice stood powerful and impeccable before us. If there was ever a moment for all of us to be covered in goose bumps of humility and pride – this was THAT moment.

What followed was an experience that NONE of us will ever forget. Chief Snyder led us all back to the place where it all began 06 weeks ago in front of Sexton Hall. We stood at attention with no idea that the next moments would be some of the best of our lives. Chief Snyder yelled out about our ability to come together and work as a team. He emphasized how it took us truly making the choice to put others before ourselves to arrive where we are now. He then turned us around to face the parade field where our colors were waiting for us. On his command the entire company broke out into a full sprint and rallied around the LIMA flag while shouting “LIMA! LIMA! LIMA!” Week 06 brought many reminders that we have come incredibly far in our training, but this dichotomy would not be complete with all of the eyes of the regiment being placed on us for the opposing reminder that we have a long way to go and a lot to prove to make it to graduation day.

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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