Sierra 192 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Sierra 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: March 29, 2016

Graduates: May 20, 2016

 

Coast Guard Recruit Company Sierra 192 Graduation Program

 

As 113 individuals stepped off the bus and lined up on the infamous yellow triangles in front of Sexton Hall, limbs twitched with nerves, and minds raced with thoughts of what might come next? We had no idea.

 

Over the past seven weeks we gained 11 shipmates from a mixture of the companies that graduated before us, Oscar, Papa, Quebec, and Romeo. Our highest total attached was 124, and now close week 07 with 58. We’ve lost 66 shipmates to Tango company, it’s an eerie thought that even would surprise the grim reaper himself! Only 47 of the original members of Sierra Company remain! It’s a number I had to check again because of how crazy it is that we lost so many.

 

Our size was larger than average over the weeks, and with so many people came all the different personalities. We had our hot heads clashing, our passive aggressives, our “wall flowers” and leaders. Over our time here our Company Commanders morphed into Spartans; kicking a*$ and taking names in Incentive Training sessions, and unfortunately we were the Persians. Our numbers clearly thinned out as the casualties came in the form of reversions, rephrasing, or injuries from all the different types of training. It took many weeks but as we thinned out we found ourselves working more and more as a team.

 

It took a long time for Sierra-192 to learn what effective teamwork was though, as many of us were extremely stubborn and set in our ways and only thought of ourselves. Over the days and weeks, our Company Commanders would drive messages home with countless “FIRE FIRE FIRE!” Drills and explain how without teamwork we could never accomplish a task given to us by them. Recruits could be heard in the squad bay having nightmares screaming “FIRE FIRE FIRE!”! That is a nightmare that I would not even wish upon my worst enemy! But as time went on, our teamwork took steps forward until one day we all just got it! It was like a light switch, one day we were off then “click” the light bulb turned on. We have ended week 07 the loudest we have we ever been even with our company being less than half the size we started with! Our voice echoes off the buildings and rattles the windows as we march and sing cadences.

 

Our Lead Company Commander was extremely tough on us physically, mentally, and physically again and again. Yet, despite all the physically demanding tasks he asked of us, he proved to be an encyclopedia of knowledge to us. He taught us about the Coast Guard and their hero’s, their accomplishments, legacy, nutrition, and helped us learn how to make and attain our own personal goals. He was stern but fair always. Through example, he taught us that doing the right thing brought brings positive outcomes always, even if it meant we would fail at another task and have to start over.

 

We also were very lucky to have The Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, Master Chief Cantrell as our Mentor. Years from now it will be wise to remember the many hours he spent in the Healy Hall classroom answering all of our questions. Mrs. Cantrell always there as well bringing us little snacks and treats to help us relax and she too was very wise to the Coast Guard and answered many questions of ours. We will always be grateful to both of them for everything they have done for Sierra-192.

 

During these seven weeks we’ve had many a “once in a lifetime” moments such as shooting the standard Coast Guard Pistol, and qualifying as a company. Also earning our company colors was truly epic! But the march back was even better. That was the first time the Company Commanders sang marching cadences, when we all sang as a company it gave me goose bumps.

Although it’s been an extremely hard road, Sierra-192 has come a long way since we rang the bell and shouted out our orders. Our emotions now are completely different than the first time we tried to snap to attention. We now know how to “turn it on”; We can get liberty, relax a bit then come back to the regiment and act like we never left. However, in a few days we will get to see you, our readers, and our family.

 

Sierra Company’s time is drawing to an end and we’ve learned so much in these last seven weeks but May 20th is not quite here yet so it’s not time to quit. We remain Semper Paratus.

 

 

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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