Sierra 192 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Sierra 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: March 29, 2016

Graduates: May 20, 2016

 

Week 05 summary

This week like every week has had its highs and lows. This past week was search and rescue week. We were given what seemed like impossible time objectives, 15 minutes to get dressed, shave, brush our pearly whites, and be lined up outside ready to go to chow…crazy right?!’ Recruits sprinted across halls, running into walls and fellow shipmates, luckily no one was injured. Though search and rescue week was difficult it was vital to our training. It is the only way to simulate responding in a timely manner to a distress call without putting someone in grave danger. During the week we also dragged our half asleep, zombielike bodies to the Uniform Distribution Center. We got to try on our dress uniforms for the very first time! The fresh, crisp smell made everyone vision the time we would wear them at graduation and strutting around Cape May with pride. On Friday of this week we left behind our home, well our home for the last five weeks, James Hall. Filled with all the memories both good and bad, and probably gallons of recruit sweat from the intcentive training sessions on the quarterdeck, it now lays like a ghost town; its dust bunnies acted as tumble weeds on the deck moving from a slight breeze. We all hated it there, the rancid smell of wet gym socks, the stained walls and floors, but that was our home and everyone couldn’t help but feel sad about leaving, but with change brings new beginnings. We were now on our way to becoming a senior company! Healy Hall provided us a better opportunity to grow as a company. Another important event occurred this week; the company commanders did something surprisingly nice and for the most part completely unexpected. We all lined up underneath the national ensign and were called up one at a time and given our orders. Some recruits would be stationed aboard ships that would be underway for months at a time, while other recruits got stationed ashore on small boat stations, some would be sent to the frigid temperatures of the Arctic Circle, while others get the chance to soak up the sun in places like Hawaii. Receiving these duty stations was a huge morale boost for the company, but we know that recruit training is far from over. The final big event from this week was the call home each recruit was given. We had five minutes to call home; by far this was the most emotional event that has happened during recruit training. Trust me; there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. The sweet voices of our loved ones numbed our senses giving us all a brief break from the terror, which we recruits have been subjected to these past five weeks, all the sore muscles and bruises….none of that mattered for those short five minutes we felt loved and most importantly we realized why we came here.

 

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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