Sierra 191 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Sierra 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 11, 2015

Graduates: October 2, 2015



This Sunday was unusual; most Sundays are boring as HELL. Quite frankly this one was not, this was one of Sierra’s better Sundays. We went to the armory to pick up our hi-fidelity pieces and drop our crappy rubber cap guns to Whiskey. We are going to feel and sound like a John Williams orchestra when that manual of arms test comes around. Sierra is ready to show off their skills, everyone is going to know who is on deck when they hear our motivation and our in sync accuracy when our hands slap the piece. Something even more motivating striked us while the three companies Quebec, Romeo, and the all mighty sierra 191 ran through the friendly and supportive town of Cape May. As we all blaze through town everyone came out side to watch and cheer as we chant our cadences at the top of our lungs. It really makes you feel proud to be a part of our amazing and blessed country who truly believes in what we fight for, there is nothing more rewarding.

~Quote of the day~ you will never be free to do anything until you have lost everything.


MONDAY 14 September 2015

Fire !! Fire!! Fire!! It’s been a while since Sierra last heard it, but next time we hear it were going to be able to put that fire out. We are hitting up fire fighting class this week. So far we learned the different types of smokes for different types of fires. We also learned the equipment we will need to tackle those flames. With how our swim circuits went today though, we won’t need that equipment right now. We swallowed enough water to put out Mount Vesuvius. Our thighs and abs were busting out reps with flutter kicks. Our legs hung over the water and had to treat it as if it was acid. If our heels even slightly looked like they were touching the water, we started it all back over. Of course petty officer Grote dived in on this workout. He made us look like 3 year old children swimming; he showed Sierra how it was done. He may be AMT, but we are sure he could have been AST. He sets the standards for us. And Sierra is there to make out and go above and beyond. So not only are we going to be kicking butt with our workouts and ripped, but we are also going to look fresh to death thanks to Senior Chief Pace he taught us the secrets of tying our tie for our trop blues. Now we actually won’t look jacked up anymore as they tell us. We look like highly trained professionals’ as we step out onto that parade field for graduation. That day will be here before Sierra 191 knows it.

~Quote of the day~ emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds.



Bright and early sierra company got there darth Vader on. In fire fighting class we got to put on the whole shabang, and play with the fire extinguishers. Putting on that mask was obviously the most exciting part. It was funny for some people; some of our shipmates were freaking the heck out. Because they felt like they were going to suffocate. Little did they know, all you had to do was take a big deep breath. If only they would just wait for Petty Officer Buckley to explain first. On the plus side of all things today, we all found out our report dates to our units J and that we get a lot of money. Some of us didn’t even imagine we were getting that much. There is a lot of excitement going around the whole company but the hard part is keeping everything from rushing to our heads. If we aren’t careful our company will thin out and that’s not good because we already lost 22 don’t want to lose anymore. It’s taken awhile for us to realize we are screwing up and getting to comfortable, but we finally see and we are determined to fix it. We don’t respond to fix it; we take action, that’s what Sierra does.

~Quote of the day~ everyone has their fight whether its today or tomorrow, you control the outcome, it’s on you…..

WEDNESDAY 16 September 2015

It’s official. At least it feels official; half of our company was finally issued our military ids. It’s one of our most important documents that say we are a part of one of the greatest branches, the United States Coast Guard. You know the company felt good to show that off and that we will eventually get those discounts. We are getting closer and closer every day to grad day. All we have to do is maintain and control our military bearing. There is an on and off switch for a reason. Just 384 hours left and to get really deep into it, we have 23,040 minutes from 22:33. But we aren’t worried about that. We are worried about being the greatest company we can be. For instance, Petty Officer Buckley even said we were the best class he has had in fire fighting practical yet. That alone is how you know Sierra 191 is the best company on this regiment beyond measure. We are Petty Officer Hardy and Petty Officer Grote’s first company but they are some of the greatest CC’s on the regiment. They have been a part of a great team of CC’s like BM2 Allen, FSCS Pace and BMCS Ashley. They are the ones who have made us into the great Coasties we are today. We are standing tall and good looking men and women of the USCG.

~quote of the day~10 % luck,20 % skill, 15 % concentrated power of will, 5 % pleasure,50 % pain, And 100 % reason to remember the name.


To say the least, Sierra 191 seems to be very fortunate here at Cape May. We have been blessed with the opportunity to meet so many people of high ranks. Most companies don’t get the chance to be exposed to so much experience and knowledge of the Coast Guard. We alone have had a whole crowd of Senior Chiefs visit us during seamanship, District Command Master Chiefs from every district stopped by during live range fire along with Commander Scott, then the best of all, just today Vice Admiral Lee, the Commander of the whole Atlantic side of the United States, specifically came to speak to us, Tango and Quebec. Everything he said in his speech was inspiring and heartfelt, some of the things would make you feel heartbroken, but he explains the importance of our duty to serve and the fact that we have to be strong for ourselves, our shipmates and the people who believe in us and support us. Things in our line of work will be hard, but our jobs will be most rewarding.

~Quote of the day~ Lead by example, inspired by action…


Our rivals have finally left the regiment. They graduated with flying colors as we watched Quebec march for the last time on the parade field. As the ceremony continues on Sierra stands like a statue stone cold thinking how that’s going to be us in 2 weeks. They were the only other company that could compete with us or some what compete. Tomorrow we get on base liberty, with our phones returned to us for a few hours… felt weird as all to get to touch the phone screens, they felt fake. On the other hand it’s nice to get to talk to our other familys on the outside of these gates. On a side note we felt like Petty Officer Grote didn’t want us to leave today he marched us back to James Hall and told us to take it top side for a head and water break. God forbid we haven’t lived there in two weeks. That’s just our favorite AMT for you.


Today we put on our sea legs like Lieutenant Dan from “Forrest Gump”. We had the boat/operational tours to see what our next 4-20 years of our lives are going to consist of. The 45 foot response boat was epic. A lot of our shipmates went from wanting to be a SK or an FS straight to BM or GM. Then what we all had been waiting for, Sierra returned to the house to put on their inspection ready uniforms. Once we were released it was game on. It was like the Boston Marathon to the exchange shipmates everywhere. From there, after buying all of our diabetes causing snacks, the harbor view enlisted club was the next thing in our sights. We got to call our families with our “cancerous cell phones but we had more radiation than nuclear power plant getting hit by an atomic bomb around us. To have that much free time was actually kind of awkward, but amazing at the same time. Not much longer though and we get to lay eyes on our beloved family members. But until then, Sierra will keep they’re eyes in the boat and keep military bearing.

~quote of the day~ life’s a climb but the views great


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.