Sierra 193 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Sierra 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: October 25, 2016

Graduates: December 16, 2016
Sierra-193 Week 03 Summary


Week three began as a complete failure for Sierra-193. Our formations are constantly misaligned or off step, and we can’t seem to shut our mouths for more than 5 seconds. Our Company Commanders went out on a limb and dangled the promise of orange juice at morning chow if we could successfully get through morning muster. Yet we couldn’t even get that right. We stumbled through the morning, our confidence sinking by the second as we were punished for our mistakes. Sierra-193 did get to meet with our mentor this week, which gave us all some new insight into what the future held in store for us.

Later in week three, things really started to go wrong. Our Lead Company Commander had to get special permission from the Section Commander to introduce probation blets an entire week early. That is how bad we are performing. A number of recruits were given these bright red belts, and the rest of us all had the threat of probation hanging over our heads. Those on probation now have to march at the back of the formation, have to eat first in the chow line, and are constantly being inspected every step they take. Tensions are extremely high here at Sierra company, so we all must come together to get through these tough times. Through tough times come great friendships, Sierra-193 is beginning to come together and finally help each other out. We’ve all spilled sweat, pushed the Earth, and been screamed at more times than we can count. But the important thing is we’re all going through it together. Academically we’re all getting nervous as the midterms get closer and closer and the threat of reversion looms over our heads. We’ve began studying at any chance we have. From morning till night we are constantly quizzing each other, we all want to graduate with Sierra. We are all expecting big things. This week we are making a huge turn around. We have to keep up the good work in order to be the best company we can be. We are all set up for success. We just have to go and get it. We all are seeing that hard work and dedication pay off. And December 16th it will pay off for Sierra-193.


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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