Sierra 190 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Sierra 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: December 9, 2014

Graduates: January 30, 2015


The company had a rough week but it was sanded down & smoothed out by the time Friday rolled around. Recruits were starting to slip here, there, and everywhere, nothing too crazy or serious, but it all snowballed into a super massive cluster of disaster, or at least that’s how it seemed. Everyone felt the stale disappointment that lingered in the air, not only from the company commanders which really took its toll, but the shame they all felt from each other only made it worse. Everybody slips, it’s bound to happen at one point or another, it’s how fast you get up that counts.

So the beginning of the week wasn’t too fantastic, that’s already been stated & you could probably blame it on anything, really. Maybe their mind’s were too focused on the future instead of tasks at hand, maybe the stress was just getting to them with their imaginations dripping into the lowest of low creating an anxiety that just ate away at their soul, but excuses behind mistakes do not matter, it’s still just an excuse. The punishments for the crimes weren’t too severe, but boy did they take their toll, it all kind of just melts the brain.

The week started to pan out into a better state when the fire-fighting practical came around, wearing all the protective gear, being on live oxygen, & thrown into a room filled with smoke so thick you can’t see your hand in front of your face, pretty cool stuff. The company was also finally able to battle each other with pugil sticks, and if seeing your shipmates beat the snot out of each other literally as an assigned task is a pretty crazy morale booster. One of the more memorable battles that took place involved a recruit who was starting to lose until another shipmate bellowed out “do it for Bentley”, and all of a sudden a shot of adrenaline sparked through his veins, launching a spectacular comeback followed by a swift victory engulfed in honor as well as pride.

As Saturday arrived the week came into a vivacious ellipsis that would soon be followed by week 07. Once again disappointment was in the air filling everyone with a sense of despair but determination was stronger & dismissed the disappointment with a large sense of solid team work involving the cleaning of all three regimental halls as well as a semi-volunteer exercise of cleaning trash off of a rocky shoreline, where the company learned that 20 minutes of your time isn’t much, but most certainly does go a long ways. After a tour of a real station and cutter the morale was through the roof with the fascination of the future and what they would all soon be doing. On the march back to Healy Hall an astonishing moment came into view, the company colors. The time had finally come and nothing was going to stop them from proving themselves to everyone that they have what it takes & are the company that will set the example, not the company that will be made into an example. On base liberty followed the glorious morning giving everyone a breath of fresh air & time to speak with their loved ones, but they all knew that after the short golden hours of leisure it would be time to tighten up.

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.