Sierra 193 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Sierra 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: October 25, 2016

Graduates: December 16, 2016


   Coast Guard Recruit Company Sierra 193 Graduation Program


Wow… That is the word to describe week 07. We are steady moving up. We as normal week 07 companies do, hit speed bumps and make mistakes but we are really coming together. The fact that we are graduating in 06 more days is putting us all in a different mood. We wake up different, we eat different, we march different, we workout different, it’s different now. Our main problem was (and sometimes is) we are quick to focus on the future. In boot camp that is the last thing a recruit should do. The future of a recruit in basic training is so uncertain. You honestly never know what a day may bring. I’ve been through some days where we have 03 or 04 classes on the schedule but we went to maybe 01 or 02. You never know what will go down. Week 07 was no exception to that rule. We have come together and accomplished a whole lot this week. We had 03 “boxes” to check this week. 01.) pass the final, 02.)pass the manual of arms test, 03.) pass the close order drill everyone was beyond nervous about the giant tasks week 07 brings forth. But Sierra-193 doesn’t shy away from any challenge. We came here a company who knew nothing and screwed up everything but we have become a company that knows almost everything and screws up very little. Grant it we are not perfect by any means but we are striving for perfection every day. One step at a time. As Petty Officer Coleman would say, ” how do you eat an elephant Sierra?” to which we would respond, “One bite at a time!” Every single day is a new beginning. Week 07’s boxes had to be checked in order for us to reach our goal. Sierra-193 was challenged and Sierra-193 delivered. Our scores are as follows: a 91.22% average as a company on the final, and a 09 out of 10 on both our manual of arms and close order drill tests. Needless to say, the entire company was ecstatic about our results. We had put in countless hours of study and practice, and our dedication truly showed in our results. We also received 03 new pieces of “candy” -what we call pennants for our guidon due to our great scores in seamanship, the final, manual of arms, and close order drill tests. We can now march around the regiment looking like the senior company that we are. To cap off the week, Sierra company went on off-base liberty for the day. We spent our day munching on burgers and pizza, walking around town, and lounging in our hotel rooms. We even ran into a Company Commander or two out in the civilian sector. Off-base liberty was just what the company needed before kicking off our final week. We have a lot to do over the next couple of days, but the end is near. We still have one more ribbon to earn, so we have to continue sprinting towards the finish line in true Sierra fashion.

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.