Sierra 191 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Sierra 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 11, 2015

Graduates: October 2, 2015


Sierra-191 Week 05 Summary


Monday 07 September 15


Sierra learned fancy new moves and fancy new cadences while marching. We were able to practice on our way to Seamanship, where today we learned about radio communications. The farther along in recruit training we get, the more we learn about skills that will help us in our careers in the fleet. Unfortunately laughing during a funny cadence leaving class earned another incentive training session. Military bearing is one skill many of us have mastered but some are still slipping up. Even though the few mess up, we are a family in Sierra and what one has to do we all have to do.


Tuesday 08 September 15


Today we looked fresh in our tropical blue long uniforms. Dress uniform issue gave us a taste of the other uniforms we will get to wear in the Coast Guard. Overall we are improving and getting stronger, working to get to the impossibly far off graduation day. Running and calling cadence together further pulls our band of brothers and sisters together. Sierra is becoming better and it is definitely a large part because of our company commanders.


Wednesday 09 September 15


Sierra experienced something magical today. Not only was there a rainbow, but a new flavor of chewy bar came out at the galley. Who knew that something as simple as a change in flavor would be so exciting? Class was learning about floatation devices. The more that we learn about the fleet and the jobs we can do, the more excited everyone gets to finally go out into the Coast Guard.


Thursday 10 September 15


Our company commanders know our orders but no one is talking until tomorrow when the official list comes out. All of us are wondering if we are going where we hoped or if we will be given something completely different. Tomorrow is our inspection by the section commander, so if we don’t keep our heads in the game we could find ourselves here for another week while our unit waits for our arrival. On a positive note we all participated in the blood drive. This helped Sierra earn a pennant but more importantly helped people who are in need.


Friday 11 September 15


Fourteen years ago today marks the tragedy of when 2996 lives were lost due to the terrorist attacks on the world trade center. We participated in a wreath laying ceremony to remember those who were lost that day. Today we also lost 09 shipmates who were reverted after the section commanders did their inspection. Those who passed participated in the move to Healy Hall which also signifies our progression from recruits to nonrates of the Coast Guard. Finally we received our orders and found out where we are going when we graduate. We also were given our colors which gave the company a new sense of pride.


Saturday 12 September 15


The confidence course brought out a new level of determination from many recruits. Many of us did obstacles that we never realized we would be able to do. The rope climb at the end gave many a sense of pride as they loudly yelled out “topside” and rang the bell. After meeting with our sponsors and flooding them with questions about our new units, some were able to call home to tell their loved ones the news. While there were some that were happier than others we all know that no matter where we go we are lucky to be there working in the Coast Guard.


Sunday 13 September 15


This Sunday was much more interesting than most. We swapped out our rubber pieces for high fidelity pieces. The real metal will make manual of arms sound that much better. Our first off base run was today and it was the highlight of the day. Not only did we get to sing cadences, but we got the chance to run through the streets of Cape May. It seemed like the entire town was out to support us, cheering and showing their support. The feeling of pride within Sierra was strong and gave us the hope that we can continue to be tough enough to make it to graduation.

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.