Sierra 194 Recruit Journal Weeks 04/05

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Sierra 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 20, 2017

Graduates: August 11, 2017


Sierra-194’s past two weeks (04 and 05) have been bitter sweet. Week 04 started with our favorite routines of sweat. Getting loud, being fast, and getting down required knowledge were our biggest obstacles. Still marching around with the Barney flag,

S-194 is still the laughing stock of the regiment. A part of recruit training is learning when to respond for example, when IT1 Abascal marches the company and gets us back to the house and orders “Fall Out”, S-194 recruits all yell “Aye Aye Petty Officer Abascal!”. And if you didn’t know already that’s like one of the worst things to do in formation. We sweat for it, don’t worry. As week 04 progressed, S-194 finally started to catch on; we learned fire fighting skills and how to put on full fire fighting gear along with operating fire hoses and extinguishers. Rear Admiral Fagan who is our company mentor paid us a visit as well. She answered all of our questions and gave us advice and an inspirational speech that helped us push through the tough times this week. Week 04 wrapped up with the Physical Fitness test and the midterm exam. Both determining factors of whether or not recruits advance in week 05 of training. As week 04 ended and week 05 began it was blended into 03 days of brutal beatings. It was absolute Hell! But I have to admit, it worked wonders on S-194. Finally the lessons taught by sweat were finally being learned. We earned our Sierra guide-on flag back, occasional nights of evening routing and Chocolate milk. With that there were also a lot of probation failures and reversions. S-194’s Company Commanders aren’t playing games. In one day our Section Commander, Chief Samuels bounced 21 recruits out of our company. It was a sobering reminder to the recruits that made it that you catch on and meet the standards for your given week or training or your gone. Week 05 is SAR (Search and Rescue) week which entails waking up at 0530 and being on line for muster then dressed out in uniform and ready to step off for morning chow in 10 minutes. Week 05 also included a lot of class time. On Friday of week 05 BM1 Karpf our Lead Company Commander finally gave us our orders but it was done Price of Right style. Everyone formed up in front of the bell on the parade field and one by one when recruits had their name called they would “come on down” and have their orders told to them by one of our Company Commanders. They would then repeat their orders out loud and the ring the bell twice. S-194 has made huge improvements within the past two weeks and it seems that we are actually coming together and working as a team. As the weeks come up and S-194 becomes more senior, there will be more surprise inspections, more required knowledge questions asked on the spot and no matter where you are on the regiment everyone knows who S-194 is so we’re really never safe. As week 06 comes up recruits are preparing for range days and hand gun training. Sierra-194 ends week 04 and week 05 with lessons learned and finally finding the drive to become fleet ready.


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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