Sierra 193 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Sierra 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: October 25, 2016

Graduates: December 16, 2016


Week 05 has been one for the ages. We’ve learned so much in week 05. They call this week SAR week, which stands for Search and Rescue Week. We have just a short amount of time to get up, take muster, get dressed, and run all the way to the galley for morning chow. Needless to say most of us didn’t make it the first day, but by today we all made it with 04 or 05 minutes to spare. Monday was an okay day. We had a rough morning but we also had an inspection by one of the chiefs here on base. Everyone was so nervous we were on pins and needles awaiting our fate. We – believe it or not – all passed our inspection. The morale after the inspection was sky high. We came together in a huge moment and it all paid off. We were rewarded with coffee at chow. Everyone was super excited about that. Tuesday was a day of mistakes. We were paying for the mistakes pretty much the whole day. We seem to continue the up and down roller coaster ride. We are on the brink of something special if we can just continue doing right instead of flipping back and forth. The middle of the week seemed mostly uneventful, but only because Thursday was Thanksgiving. That means it was time for Operation Fireside for Sierra company. Operation Fireside is when families in the surrounding area host dinner for recruits off base. Recruits get the chance to leave the base for the day, get to eat a delicious meal, and even get to talk on the phone with our loved ones. Needless to say, everyone in Sierra company was beyond excited for this event. Everyone’s experience was a little different, but every single recruit was all smiles when 2030 rolled around and we had to be back on base. Every single host family as generous and caring as could be, and certainly gave Sierra company much to be thankful for. What we were all not thankful for was the gravy hangover we had the next morning. This Friday was a day of failures. From morning chow until late in the day, Sierra couldn’t do anything right. We were so bad, our company commanders shredded our orders before our very eyes. Orders tell us what station we will be working at after boot camp, so it was heartbreaking to see our futures shredded into nothing but scraps. Saturday made up for all of that. We got whipped all morning for acting like week 03 recruits, but eventually we turned it around. Then came the big moment: we were marched into the Ida Lewis Auditorium, and were given our orders. Sierra company was to be spread out around the world, though some of us managed to be placed in the same state, base or cutter. The excitement that we all felt was palpable. The end is drawing near and we all know it. Sierra company has come a long way since the beginning. We have taken bites out of that elephant, and now there is nothing but a few mouthful’s left. Our futures await us all, and we will fulfill them to the best of our abilities. A fellow recruit put it all into perspective during prayer time, when he spoke of Moses crossing through the sea safely, and then having it come crashing down on the Pharaoh’s army behind him. In remembrance of this event, Moses sand his “song of the sea”. A song that detailed the struggle he went through, before eventually reaching success. It is now time for every recruit in Sierra-193 to find their own “song of the sea”. Boot camp has only been the first verse, and our first duty stations certainly won’t be the end of our song. Nobody’s song will be the same, but our goals of being Semper Paratus – always ready – will be. So even though we will be spread across the globe in a few weeks, we will still be Sierra-193 in our hearts.

-S-193 Historian-


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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