Lima 199 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Formed: October 20, 2020
Graduates:  December 11, 2020

Time 0530 14 NOV2020. It’s the halfway mark for Lima-199. But it doesn’t feel like it. Every day we wake up to the slam of the hatch (what we use to call a door), and the flash of bright lights in our squad bays. The sharks have had us in their cage for a week. Beating the sweat out of us, and some of us losing out voice from all the yelling we have to constantly do.

During ROM (restriction of movement) one of our Company Commanders would remind us every day that Lima wouldn’t last with everyone. Most of us thought he was joking… But he wasn’t, we started with 89 recruits and have already lost 19 within the first week. Every day, every minute we have to move fast. We are given time objectives to make, and when we don’t, we pay, either doing pushups, flutter kicks, burpees, planks or crunches. And the pain doesn’t stop. As we progressed throughout the week the punishments got hard.

We Finally received our pieces this past week. Which is a rubber M16A2. You would think the M16 would be used for rifle training. But we were wrong again. The CC’s found ways to use the Piece for pain. If a locker rack was found unlocked the Company Commanders would use the piece for pain. Either by holding the piece in a crossed legged shooting position for over 20 minutes or a mixture of exercises with the piece. But the whole purpose of this is to teach us not to leave our gear unlocked because in the fleet if we leave our gear out in the open it could get in the hands of the wrong person.

Thursday we had the opportunity to submit our dream sheets to request duty locations that we wanted. On Friday some of the taller recruits had the opportunity to try out for the honor guard team. The days are hard and long but that doesn’t stop the strong from continuing on.

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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