Sierra 190 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Sierra 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: December 9, 2014

Graduates: January 30, 2015

The amount of information that is funneled into our brains isn’t crazy, it’s insane, and a lot of it for the most part is super dry. Week 07 was filled with a plethora of administration time, classes, and finals. The beginning of the week had a grueling 08 hours of First Aid & CPR instilled into our heads. It was about as fun as a root canal, even though we’re all glad we learned the proper procedures so we don’t do something ridiculous like apply a tourniquet to someone’s arm when they have a head laceration, that would not be good to go.

The rest of the week kind of passed by in a blur with finals coming up, everyone was studying like crazy and just stressing out over the littlest things, some of which didn’t even matter. One of the finals that the company took was in Seamanship, everyone did well, and afterwards we had a hands on lesson in line handling. It was around this time that we learned Shipmate Nelson was the “Seamanship Award Winner”, and that he can also throw a rescue line better than our instructor, which was pretty sweet. Later on that same day, the company was doing Manual of Arms training with Hi-Fidelity Colt M16A2’s and one of our shipmates could not tighten his bolts with his execution of the movements (meaning he could not perform the movements correctly), so Chief Kilduff made him pull line in front of everyone saying “sloppy jalopy.” This is honestly probably the funniest thing to hear when it’s all jumbled up into different phrases and garble, which to Chief Kilduff’s credit was a double whammy, because not only was it a test on everyone who was in earshot’s military bearing (which we all failed and paid for with some incentive training), but it was also a good lesson to not be sloppy with Manual of Arms because pulling line is not fun at all.

The company also didn’t do too hot with the Manual of Arms test in front of the Section Commander; it was embarrassing and stressed everyone out even more. There will be a redemption test on Monday and the company will blow it out of the water. The finals weren’t too bad and after the tests a great weight was lifted off of everyone allowing us to breathe for moment.

Being on Off-base Liberty felt like how being on parole from prison seems it would be. Realizing the outside world is no longer a past memory or a figment of the imagination, but a real thing. At the same time everyone’s walking in step, squaring their meals, & greeting every single person who passed by, which is good, but it’s also just crazy to think how much of a habit can be created in a short period of time. Everyone ate a ton of food that was filled with greasy deliciousness and is in no way, shape or form healthy, but I guess you could call it a “cheat day” where we splurged on non nutritional foods to take a break from the galley food.

These days are flying by and I’m sure the five days of leave will go by quickly too, but it’s all led up to this week and by Friday we’ll all be able to say that we are Coast Guardsmen, a title that must be earned and is filled with honor.



Coast Guard Recruit Company Sierra 190 Graduation Program
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.