Sierra 190 Recruit Journal Week 02


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Sierra 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: December 9, 2014

Graduates: January 30, 201





We now know what it is like to be a used piece of bubblegum. We have been fiercely chewed, passionately spit out, stuck to the bottoms of our Company Commanders’ boots, and marched all around Training Center Cape May. We really can’t tell you what it looks like, but we can describe in detail the backs of our shipmates’ heads.

This week we have started learning the basics of military customs, greetings, and the lifestyle as a whole. The most difficult part so far has been identifying the ranks of permanent party members, processing said information, and then issuing the proper greeting. If you get this wrong not only has the permanent party member been offended, but you can bet you have embarrassed your Company Commanders as well. Who knew that a simple greeting could possibly cost you so much sweat?

We have been given quite a bit of information to memorize such as our chain of command, 11 general orders, daily class schedules, daily plan of the week schedules, and our phonetic alphabet. This information is used to torment us as we make our way through the galley or “Gauntlet of Death.” I swear the theme song from “Jaws” pounds in our heads as you try to get out of there alive, but our Company Commanders are good at their job and can smell fear and just when you think you’ve made it…dah duh dah duh dah duh….They spring a pop quiz on you.

Christmas has also come early for us as Santa arrived at Cape May gifting us with sweat, tears, and muscle cramps in the form of a training M16. These “pieces” are used to help us work on our self discipline and military bearing which we lack. If you ever hear the words “sniper position take” walk the other way and be glad you still have use of your arms.

Our mentor has also visited us. Lieutenant Kiffer was very inspiring and able to answer a lot of our questions about living and working the Coast Guard life. It feels comforting to know he is pulling for us and will visit again to check on our progress and offer more advice.

So all in all week 02 has brought lots of incentive training (sweat sweat sweat), lots of information to memorize, lots of marching, lots of yelling, a few bruises, and some tears. Here’s to week 03!



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.