Sierra 194 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Sierra 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 20, 2017

Graduates: August 11, 2017



Week 06 Summary


Week 06 for S-194 had a steady pace. Recruits say the days go by slow but the weeks go by fast. This week’s highlights were range days, admin time, getting our uniforms “blinging” as, Petty Officer Karpf says, and the highly anticipated on-base liberty. Petty Officer Karpf also threw in a little surprise for half of S-194 while the other half was at the range. He took the remaining half on a run around the regiment and showed us how he really is the song bird of his generation by kicking out those sweet lyrics like he promised. Range days had two phases. One was in the classroom and the other was actually at the range. Recruits got to travel off base to get to the range which was actually 45 minutes to an hour away. Most recruits were asleep within 10 minutes of getting on the bus.

Admin time is all about recruits contacting their units. Recruits have to have their “First Unit Reporting Guide” filled out by the end of next week. The guides help recruits answer all questions like where they will be living, how many people will be in their unit, what kind of duty they will have to stand, what qualifications they will need and how soon do they have to get them. Basically everything they have to know so when they get there they aren’t lost.

Petty Officer Karpf really wanted our uniforms “blinging”. It’s just one of his words he uses. S-194 had a uniform inspection on Saturday of week 06 so recruits had to make sure there were no loose threads, blouses were ironed with collars flattened and flared out, trousers ironed and boots shined so well that if the sun hit them the reflection was blinding. As for the inspection on Saturday, Chief Samuels, our Section Commander, conducted the inspection. This is where we saw a different side to him. Chief Samuels would ask questions during the inspection like “what are you going to do during your on-base liberty?” where recruits would respond, “I’m going to call Susie or John, my parents and eat some wings”. Chief Samuels warned us about the wings. Then the recruits’ rack mates that they would need to get some nose plugs because the wings never sit too kindly. Every time he inspected a recruit, he’d ask a question just to see if they’d laugh. It’s not just Chief Samuels that makes us laugh. It’s all our CCs and the catch is no matter how funny they are you can’t smile or laugh while at the position of attention or in general for that matter. But as weeks progress company CCs are becoming funnier and funnier and it’s pretty tough to fight it sometimes.

While half of the company went to the range, the other half got to have a taste of what company runs would be like. Besides on-base liberty, that was definitely the second best thing to happen this week. It was only around 02 miles but being able to do it on top of calling cadence definitely warmed our little recruit hearts. As for Petty Officer Karpf’s lyrics, he dropped a couple bars freestyle and they were “freaking sweet” as SR Bell described. Sierra-194 is excited to march into week 07 but knows there are a lot of responsibilities along with it. Week 07 has a CPR test, a final exam, a Manual of Arms test, a Close Order Drill test, and we’re still dying to earn our colors.


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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