Sierra 190 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Sierra 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: December 9, 2014

Graduates: January 30, 2015


It was cold, so cold the air sank deep into your bones binding all the nerves in your body and the bite of the harsh winter wind that rolled in off of the unforgiving Atlantic only made it worse. The recruits of Sierra-190 were all on edge as week 05 brought another roller coaster of emotion into their lives sandwiched between blood, sweat and tears, but mostly sweat. Throughout the week they experienced both fascinating as well as terrifying evolutions and experiences. Some saw snow for the very first time in their entire lives, some discovered they had trouble with the simple task of reciting the phonetic alphabet, and some were even welcomed into the company from Romeo-190.

Tuesday was quite wonderful with the distribution of dress uniforms which gave the recruits a glimpse into the near distant future at what would soon become their lives in the United States Coast Guard. Upon departure from the Uniform Distribution Center the recruits were greeted by a fresh coat of January snow as it fell from the clouds that had been hung from the heavens. Unfortunately every cloud has a silver lining and they were handed shovels as well as salt to clean and secure traffic patterns.

As the week progressed like it always does there were signs of hope as words of assignments and orders came into ear shot. Everyone was on the edge of their seat just chomping at the bit, impatiently waiting with the anxiety that billowed inside like the clouds of a Florida thunderstorm, just wondering where they would end up and what awaited them in the near future. With Quebec-190 graduating on Friday, Sierra moved into Healy Hall which gave refuge to the senior companies on the regiment, where the stakes were now higher & the standards are unforgiving. Finally, after evening chow a glimpse of hope shadowed the recruits as they were to finally receive their orders that they desperately craved. Some were sent to bases, sectors, & aids to navigation teams, but most were assigned to cutters. The places they were being sent blew everyone’s mind with the excitement and determination, places such as Seattle-WA, Boston-MA, Honolulu-HI, but also came the strange places that had been tucked away from the world’s knowledge like the marshmallows in Lucky Charms, such as Sandwich-MA, or the cutter Midget based out of Seattle-WA. Who knew these places existed? Surely heading to one of these less popular locations wouldn’t be as terrible as a New Yorker going to Boston, yet everyone was highly ecstatic about the news and determined to make it to the finish line that was just up and around the bend.

-SR Robertson

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.