Sierra 189 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Formed:  April 15, 2014
Graduates: June 06, 2014

Week 06


Sierra-189 kicks off week 06 with a busy, stressful Monday. We start with chow, and then go to Seamanship for a class on fire-fighting safety and equipment. After is lunch chow, then we fill out a personal wellness survey. Then it’s to the gym for another swim circuit, which was rough after this past Saturday. Evening chow follows, then back to the squad bay, then gone again to march around the regiment for a while. After we come back, we get the belts for our dress uniforms cut and burned. And then it’s “FIRE FIRE FIRE!” for some piece incentive training. Before lights out, we do two more drills, and by the time 2200 rolls around, we’re ready to collapse! Thoughts of our good fortune and strength to carry on would be appreciated! Good night, shipmates! 


Tuesday of week 06 is quite possibly the worst day in the past two weeks. The day starts with our Lead CC, morning chow, and then the long trek to Goff Hall for another lesson on fire fighting. Upon return to the regiment, we go to the Uniform Distribution Center, to do a dress uniform refit. Meanwhile, by the way, our Assistant Company Commanders were probably planning ways to destroy us at this point. Later, after dinner and finalizing travel plans for after graduation, we are brought back to the squad bay for extensive incentive training and a drill that involved us packing our things, and walking around the regiment, screaming “Sierra Company doesn’t care!” over and over. Which is just as awful as it sounds. Our Company Commanders—for good reason, I might add—“beat” some sense into us until 2040, when we do evening muster, and then we are given some semblance of free time to reassemble our racks and do some Manual of Arms. Then it’s showers, mail, and lights out, as per usual. Something tells me our Assistant CC probably wanted to “beat” us some more, but we suppose he’ll have to wait until tomorrow. Wish us luck! 


Wednesday of week 06 was busy, from the very beginning. We wake up at 0530, and then head off to Goff Hall after morning chow to do a fire-fighting practical. To our disappointment, it involved no real fire. We are at Goff until afternoon chow, and then we take a class on sexual assault taught by our Training Officer, Commander Smith. After, we help set up for graduation and the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Change of Watch ceremony, which is going on tomorrow. We will need to be in our tropical dress uniforms all day tomorrow, so we are given an enormous amount of time to make them look good. This process goes well into the evening, and it’s time to hit the racks before we know it. Wish us luck on tomorrow; Sierra’s gonna need a miracle to get through the rest of this week.  


Today is a very important day for the Coast Guard. Long with Quebec and Romeo, the two other senior companies, we march onto the parade field and observe the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Change of Watch ceremony. The ceremony wraps up after a little more than an hour, and then it’s back to business for us. We change back into our Operational Dress Uniforms and we are taken to afternoon chow. Following, our Lead CC allows us some administrative time to call or email our units and ask questions. After a few classes, evening chow, and some Manual of Arms, we are given evening routine. Another busy day tomorrow, shipmates, so we have to sleep well. Good night! 


Friday of week 06 passes like minutes for Sierra-189, a busy day from start to end. We start the day off with watches from 0900 to 1200, and after noon chow, we head to a classroom to take a Career Counseling class. Meanwhile, some of the company goes to Administration to have our Military I.D.s made. After evening chow, we are passed to an Assistant Company Commander, who takes us out to review Manual of Arms, and then we go run the Munro Mile with Master Chief Berry, our Battalion Commander. After our run we return to the squad bat for evening routine, then lights out at 2200. Good night, and Semper Paratus! 


Saturday of week 06 is a smashing success for Sierra-189, beginning with an early I.T. session. At morning chow, our Lead cc lets us stop squaring our meals and allows us to get coffee. We return to the squad bay to plug in our cell phones for our on-base liberty, and review some Manual of Arms. We then go to the gym, noon chow, and then those of us being stationed on cutters are taken on a tour of the Coast Guard Cutter Dependable, a 210 foot cutter stationed here at Cape May. And then from 1500 to 2025, Sierra hangs out at an on-base restaurant and utilizes our phones to their full extent. We return to the squad bay for some I.T. and evening routine, and lights out at the usual 2200. Sunday of week 06 will come early, and we’ll be ready! 


Sunday of week 06 comes at 0545, which is perfectly okay with Sierra-189. We quickly get ready and go to chow, and then return to the squad bay for some Manual of Arms before commencing divine hours. It passes quickly, as always, and after, we go on a company run around the regiment, shouting cadence and trying to keep up with our Lead CC. After, we go out on to the parade field with our pieces to practice for the sunset parade, in celebration of Memorial Day tomorrow. Later, we march in the parade and even receive a little praise from our Lead CC. Evening routine is done, and lights out at 2200, as per usual. Today was a great day, and we hope to have many more like it.


Week 06, to be frank, was not horrible. It wasn’t amazing, but it wasn’t horrible. Sierra-189 scrapes by yet again, receiving a little bit of praise but still making little mistakes that get us “jacked up” every now and then. Important events happened this week, and apparently, we were well-behaved and did very well at them. Our Company Commanders have shown us a little bit of their “human” sides (as bad as that sounds) and it really makes us feel like we’re almost there. We only hope that you at home would wish us luck and strength to make it through week 07. Semper Paratus, as always! 

  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.