Sierra 192 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Sierra 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: March 29, 2016

Graduates: May 20, 2016

As 113 people swore the oath across the country to go to Coast Guard boot camp, little did they know that 2 weeks later only 81 would remain. This is the story of SIERRA-192’s Week2 at boot camp. Major figures in our lives (and early Coast Guard Careers) were introduced to us. They control our lives in every way imaginable. The Sheriff, Machinery First Class Coleman. He’s the cool guy teaching classes, but at the same time the one who will not let the workouts end. Then there’s Tinkerbelle, not the nice kind mind you. Picture a small yet scary woman with not an ounce of fat on her body, screaming louder than you have ever heard before. Her costume would be red and her pixie dust would be replaced with fire. That’s Maritime Enforcement Specialist First Class Turner. Next there is Bane. This guy is huge, and looks as if he will devour you like Hannibal style if you upset him. That’s Chief Yeoman Samuels. Then there’s the Boss Man. He’s a Navy Seal Coastguardsman hybrid. He is mysterious, stern, but fair. Recruits can be heard whispering in the head (the bathroom) how they can’t wait to shake his hand at graduation. But first we have to make it there.

On Sunday April 3rd the Boss Man taught one of our first classes- but none of us could tell you what it was about. This is because he briefly turned off his Company Commander switch, took off his cover, and answered our questions about life in the Coast Guard. His reason is to get to know us more and show us that he is in fact human, and it worked. Sierra loved it, and we all hope we see that side of him again in 7 weeks. Wednesday April 6th quickly came “Piece Day”. We were issued replica M-16s that have the same weight and dimensions. Marching across the island to the armory was the most nature that we have seen up to this point, and it really excited us. We were anxious to start learning how to march with them, but before that would ever come the workouts would. Google search Coast Guard boot camp and look at the images of recruits with their pieces and you’ll get the idea. NO BUENO

April 7th Came, Swim assessment day. 32 recruits didn’t pass, and now must train at 0500 in the morning.

Saturday April 9th we met our company mentor, Master Chief of the Coast Guard Cantrell. The highest enlisted person in the Coast Guard was extremely humble and obviously very motivating. Not only did he answer our questions for 3 hours (which is huge because we are not in the Coast Guard yet) but he brought us cough drops. He knew half of us would be sick by this point, coughing, and hacking away in his class. We all felt like zombies. As of the rules form the movie Zombieland goes, “try to enjoy the little things”. We didn’t have to try…..SIERRA-192


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.


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