Sierra 194 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Sierra 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 20, 2017

Graduates: August 11, 2017


Week 03 Summary


Week 03 is coming to a close in a non-surprising way, horrifically. Sierra-194 is a roller coaster except the spiraling down part isn’t the fun time. Throughout the week

S-194 has been given numerous opportunities to change for the better and to start climbing out of the six foot hole we’ve all dug ourselves into but no. It seems like we want sweat, we want aching body parts we didn’t know could ache. It’s like we want to fail making the same mistakes every single day. BM1 Karpf has tried what seems like everything to get Sierra’s heads out of their rear. Having countless people each grab a mattress and hold it over their heads as they repeat the words “I’m failing, I’m failing” or “I belong in Tango Company” until their arms give out or BM1 Karpf believes they have had enough. BM1 Karpf has tried leaving S-194 with his assistants ME1 Shenk and IT1 Abascal where they beat us into the pavement as we easily sweat more than double our body weight. BM1 Karpf has tried embarrassing the company in front of other Company Commanders and still no budge in wanting to change, until recently our guide-on no longer bears out company flag of an “S” on it. Now we march around with a broomstick of Barney on it, and even sounding off “this is summer camp, and we love it” as we marched passed recent graduates and their families, with cell phones being taken out to record the poop show that is Sierra-194. But if that embarrassment wasn’t good enough to change S-194 perhaps having our Section Commander Chief Samuels come in early from leave to make an example out of a few fellow recruits did the trick. We lost 03 shipmates within 30 seconds, after all the times our Company Commanders said we’ll drop like flies no one was ready for that much of an impact. 08 recruits that’s how many S-194 has lost this week alone, the numbers will only rise as the weeks go on, weeding out the ones that aren’t ready or the ones that will never be ready. Sierra-194 has a lot to work on, but it seems like we are making some improvements, slowly getting better at marching, taking our classes seriously minus the fools who can’t seem to get their drooling faces off the desks who makes the whole company sweat. Seamanship has come and gone, learning safety and roles on ships as well as learning the 05 important knots. Week 03 closes with some slivers of hope in a few of the recruits.


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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