Sierra 193 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Sierra 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: October 25, 2016

Graduates: December 16, 2016

 

 

This whole week has been an up and down roller coaster for Sierra-193. We as a company have proven we can come together and make something magical happen. We are slowly coming together and showing our company commanders that we are up to the challenge. We are working together, we are getting faster, we are finding new ways to make things work etc.. Week 4 has been a success. Many people are awaiting graduation and trying to get there as fast as possible. We have all had to take a step back and take things one day at a time. We want to prove that we are the best company on the regiment. All Petty Officer Coleman wants us to do is succeed. He is handing us the keys to success we just have to take them and use them to our advantage. We are moving forward and becoming the company we all know we can be, Time is our enemy. Time is constantly fighting us. We are always working against time. Sierra 193 is learning how to manage time. And we are doing a pretty good job. We here at Sierra 193 eat our elephants one bite at a time. We just have a lot of elephants to eat.

 

It seems like every day in training, we are only taking baby steps. We get a little faster one day, and a little louder the next. Yet this week, we took a very big step towards our future when we filled out our dream sheets. A dream sheet is a recruits top four picks on where they want to be stationed. There are no guarantees that we will get what we want, but at least there is a chance. For many recruits, filling out there dream sheets was one of the scariest things they have done in training. Once the form is submitted, things start to get real very quickly. The quick shock of reality is enough to take the breath out of your lungs, That is just another part of training for Sierra 193. We can train our bodies to do hundreds of pushups, and we can train our minds to memorize what a class A fire is. However, taking this first step into our adult careers is a lot of weight to hold.

 

The way I see it, we have two options we can let the weight of stress and worry carry us down to the bottom of the Marianas Trench where we will fail. Or we can shoulder the burden and keep pushing on through training. If Sierra 193 can do this as a company then we will be the baddest set of recruits to ever reside here at Cape May.

 

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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