Lima 198 Recruit Journal Week 08

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Week 08 definitely had its perks. We had plenty of fun singing sea shanties and marching cadences with our company commanders, learning new and fancy close order drill movements, and celebrating the traditional week 08 events. These traditions consisted of our company “pizza party” – Lima Style of course – in the Galley at minimum volume, our company photo – you guessed it, it was raining – followed by our company commander impression skits where shipmates got to act out scenes that parodied some of the humorous sayings and mannerisms of our company commanders, and finally our full company debrief.

Another positive boost was getting the opportunity to see two of our company commanders earn their Company Commander insignias. On Tuesday we got to attend a brief ceremony where our Commanding Officer, Captain Felger, recognized Petty Officer McPeters and Petty Officer De La Rosa for completing their third company and thus earning their shiny new Company Commander pins. Although this was by no part our accomplishment, it was a good feeling seeing what hard work and dedication can do over time, now that we are all a part of this special service.

As we wrap up our time here in Cape May, it warrants some reflection on the relationships that we have built as shipmates over the course of the last few months. It doesn’t matter who we were or where we came from before we stepped off that bus in front of Sexton Hall on February 11th. It doesn’t matter what our last job was, how much money our families have, or what our high school or college degrees say. The only currency we have here amongst shipmates is what we contribute to the company, and the respect that we show to each other. It is heartening to see how many of us have made the choice to sacrifice the individual label and choose the team label instead. We can now reflect on the process it took to put others before ourselves and grow as one cohesive unit. These lessons and experiences are important to us because they can – and should – be cornerstones for the values and morals we will work by in the Coast Guard and live by in the world. Needless to say, these past 08 weeks have held some of the most difficult challenges and trials we have ever faced, but as Chief Snyder has told us from the very beginning – if we committed to this process and never quit – it would all be worth it. From where we’re standing right now, and looking forward to all of the opportunity in front of us, he wasn’t wrong.

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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