Lima 199 Recruit Journal Week 05

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

Lima 199 finishes another week of recruit training with eyes on the future. Though it feels like we have spent a lifetime at TRACEN Cape May, we know our next stations.

Our Company Commanders were kind enough to put together a slide show showing where each one of us is going. Some of our Company Commanders found a lot of joy in telling recruits who wanted stations in Florida that they are actually going to Michigan. Our Company Commanders laughed while informing recruits with dreams of going to Hawaii that they will be spending the next two years in Alaska. Only a few shipmates got their first choice. But everyone was happy with their orders.

Seamanship began this week. As it turns out there is more to being in the Coast Guard than holding things over our heads and fire drills. In our first class we learned some common nautical terms and proper knots. The next day we used steering simulators to practice helmsman duties. The classroom looks like that old seafood restaurant your grandparents would have took us to growing up. Completed with a capsized sail boat right out front.

Lima Company was looking stylish as we picked up our dress uniforms. We might not be the fastest company, nor the loudest but we are defiantly the best looking. At least we will be once our marching is cleaned up and our shoes are properly shined. We have a few more weeks to hopefully figure that out.

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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