Sierra 192 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Sierra 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: March 29, 2016

Graduates: May 20, 2016


Week 04 Summary

Sierra-192 felt the buzz of week 04 long before it came. There was a lot to do after all, and our training was starting to take an exciting turn.

Monday, April 18th was portrait day. We marched back to the uniform distribution center for the first time since week 01 when we got our operational dress uniforms. Cameras flashed, shutters clicked, and shipmates strutted around like they were avoiding the paparazzi. We knew we wouldn’t see our portraits till week 08, but we couldn’t help but feel like we could taste graduation. Sierra was split into port and starboard sides on Tuesday, to make it easier for attending classes and chow. Weapons qualifications ensued; we got our hands on the new coast guard standard issue P229 DAK .40 cal pistol. Ever wonder what James Bond felt like at the end of a movie where he’s hidden on a beach somewhere with a beautiful girl and a gun? That’s how we felt, minus the hot girl and the beach of course. We got to handle the SIG for half of the day, without having to push the deck. Naturally we were in paradise.

Wednesday, April 20th came like the previous ones this week did: whistles blowing at 0530 and quickly we found ourselves outside for “fire, fire, fire” drill. For those inexperienced in such lavishes it’s a round robin of exercises featuring push- ups, squats, sit ups, flutter kicks, and the infamous dead cockroach. It serves its purpose, and wakes us up quickly. The afternoon we had a class on housing. We learned all about our living options. Then someone started dreaming of them literally, caught snoozing. Before you could say “fire, fire, fire”, we were outside. After our warm up session we took our second physical fitness test. Most of us passed, but for the ones who didn’t, extra training will commence daily.

Thursday, April 21st on this day recruits made a choice that would effect their early Coast Guard career, the dream sheet it’s called. A recruit fills this sheet out with hopes of getting a desired job. They will choose to be either a fireman or seaman, as well as getting a desired area, which they hope will be the platform for the beginning of their new lives as coast guardsman.

Friday April 22nd, today Sierra 192 came face to face with the section commander, who performed a surprise rack inspection. While many recruits did well others failed to meet the standard which is expected for week 04 recruits. Failing to meet this level of quality and knowledge; many recruits were awarded a red belt marking a challenging road ahead for them.

April 23rd on this day we begin to see progression. Sierra 192 began a transition from a company which lacked discipline, speed, and leadership to a company which everyone could be proud of, we ran in formation for the first time calling cadence with our Lead Company Commander. Our voices echoed off every building and the sound of our screams could be heard for miles. Other then this the rest of the day was quiet with challenges the Assistant Company Commanders threw at us, we as Sierra 192 met with ease, and as a reward our muscles received a slight break from the constant strain, and our veins no longer pumped lactic acid throughout our bodies by the gallons.



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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