Sierra 190 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Sierra 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: December 9, 2014

Graduates: January 30, 2015





Christmas at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May was not quite what one would make a Hallmark movie about; as much as we loved our early Christmas present (our “training” M16’s, which are plastic yet feel like lead weights after sitting in sniper position for what feels like an hour), and the holiday cheer spread by our Company Commanders with Christmas music on the quarterdeck, we were all feeling pretty drained. Lucky for us, some people in TRACEN Cape May actually like us (or at least pretend to) and wanted us to have a special holiday.

On Christmas Eve the wives of local Coasties and Cape May staff surprised us with stockings full of boot camp goodies. Getting a smile and a hug in a room free of Company Commanders was the best gift that we could have received! It was also the first time in weeks that we got to eat sugary Christmas cookies. Our sugar high made us faster, louder, and got us into trouble more quickly than ever before.

We had a Christmas miracle the next morning—a rainstorm that postponed our 0530 intense workout session. We kept ourselves occupied with cleaning, church service with Captain Prestidge, and sweat, sweat, sweat until Operation Fireside commenced. As we lined up in front of the chapel to meet our “families” for the day, we prayed to Santa that our hosts for Christmas dinner weren’t vegan! All of SIERRA-190 was blown away by the hospitality of the Cape May community, who let us celebrate the season with home-cooked meals, phone calls to loved ones, and the opportunity to actually lean back in a chair. The drive back to base brought back gut-wrenching memories of our arrival on day one, but reminded us all of how far we’ve come. Only a few more weeks until we can walk through those gates again!


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.