Sierra 190 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Sierra 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: December 9, 2014

Graduates: January 30, 2015


The recruits of SIERRA-190 engaged in some seriously strenuous activities in week 04; although a lot of the hands-on training they received was informal, it was also quite vivacious. Such activities and classes included seamanship, small arms training, and the colors routines. Throughout the week some recruits were caught off task and therefore given special remedial instruction.

However, it’s not all smiles and cupcakes here in Cape May. Apparently we were about to be slammed by a hurricane in early January so we were to be evacuated to another military base via bus and we only had 15 minutes to pack everything and be waiting for the bus, but in that timeframe the hurricane miraculously changed its course and headed out towards the Atlantic…aren’t we lucky.

Throughout the rain and windy days in the beautiful Cape May are, the recruits have ventured onward into company fun runs where they are found singing cadences, bouncing echoes off the barracks buildings, and dripped into the wind as they build their core values and teamwork, pushing each other to the bitter end of the line.

A peak moment of hope came on Friday morning where the recruits were instructed to fill out their dream sheets. Now, they could not pick specific places and were highly encouraged to list districts far from home to build their sole character and meet new horizons, however not knowing where they’ll end up in 05 weeks is another Easter egg that has yet to be discovere3d. The recruits also took on the blistering challenge of the midterm test and they all passed, putting yet another check in the box as they continue to the phenomenal transformation into Coast Guard men and women, molded by their superiors.

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.