Sierra 194 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Sierra 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 20, 2017

Graduates: August 11, 2017

Week 07, the most anticipated week for S-194 besides graduation week. The week started with classes that took all day. Recruits struggle to stay awake and the fact that

S-194’s CC’s haven’t let us drink coffee yet made it even harder. Monday was the first day Sierra had reveille at 0500. So what happens is, morning muster, Shave (for males) brush our fangs and then go straight to the gym for one of Sierra’s CC’s to lead the company in a workout. Later in the day HS1 Heinze taught us CPR and the correct steps and procedures if anything were to happen on the job or on leave or liberty. Given that our manual of arms and close order drill test was on the Friday coming up. Even though it’s week 07 S-194 still had some slip ups where recruits lost evening routine, had to stare at a wall, play eyes in the boat games or any other sweat session IT1 Abascal and ME1 Shenk would think of each night. Tuesday, Sierra met the Deputy Commandant for Mission Support Vice Admiral Stosz while at Seamanship. After meeting Vice Admiral Stosz, BM1 Chatwin took S-194 to take their Seamanship Final. If everyone scored an average of 90% or higher, then Sierra would add to their collection of pennants….. the Seamanship Pennant. S-194 averaged 91% The biggest thing about Tuesday was what every recruit in Sierra was waiting for. BM1 Karpf presented us with our company colors. Before doing so he gave us a history lesson. The history lesson turned into a motivational speech that made each recruit ask themselves if they were ready for the fleet. Some if not most of us will be going into high stress environments where we will have to perform and save lives. In earlier weeks of training BM1 Karpf made a deal with the company. The deal was that when we were given out colors he would tell us whether we had earned them or he was required to give them to us. So after a pause he finally told us that Sierra-194 had finally earned our colors. Afterwards, all three Company Commanders took turns marching us back to James Hall calling cadence. Cadence Calling is by far Sierra’s favorite thing about marching primarily because of the lyrics because each Company Commander sings things that match their personalities to a “T”. On Wednesday S-194 went to their last Seamanship class. For this class BM1 Chatwin had a contest for Sierra recruits to win the Seamanship award. The first round took 12 of the potential winners down to 04. The first round was a test on who could tie the 05 basic knots the fastest. The second round narrowed down the 04 recruits to just 02. This round was all about who could throw a heaving line closest to a life ring. The final test which led to our eventual winner was a contest to see who could change into full firefighting gear the fastest. With a narrow margin of victory of only 20 seconds, SR Sothoron was able to be crowned the victor. Later that day after dinner chow, Sierra Company along with other companies on the Regiment practiced for Romeo-194 graduation. During rehearsal, BM1 Karpf was spotted off in the distance in civilian clothes keeping an ever watchful eye on us. Sierra recruits were caught looking around and talking in formation and the order was handed down to one of his Assistants to punish the company for their lack of discipline. ME1 Shenk beat the company immediately after practice without hesitance. After beating Sierra into a pulp, he then had recruits grab a quick drink and we immediately went into Manual of Arms and Close Order Drill practice. Stack Arms and Inspection Arms showed progress in the right direction but Open and Close Ranks was a complete disaster well….. until Petty Officer Shenk made us do it for 10 minutes straight. There wasn’t much time left before TAPS so it was a quick shower before bed that night. Thursday had us marching in our first graduation since arriving in recruit training. After graduation we took our final exam which threw us off guard because it was a full day early but Friday was the Coast Guards birthday and most if not everyone was involved in the festivities. We accumulated a high enough average on our exam to win another pennant for our guidon which got us one step closer to the coveted “Coast Guard” Pennant. Friday August 4th was the Coast Guard’s 227th birthday which had us doing some things out of the norm. One memorable event was a Kick Ball game, Sierra recruits versus some of the Chief’s on the Regiment. Now this wasn’t your normal Kick Ball Game, Our Lead Company Commander told us that if put a “Whooping” on the Chiefs that he would allow us to have deserts in the galley until we graduated. Clearly there was a lot on the line! While this game was going down led by SR Jerothe and what BM1 Karpf called his “Must win Assassin Squad” the rest of the company spent some time on live TV being Incentivly Trained for the world to see. During the Kick Ball game, the recruits had the lead and were clearly winning until the CC Chief’s decided to start bending the rules. Now I wasn’t there to witness the event but the claim was that they bent the rules so much they actually came back and won the game. Our Lead Company Commander heard that we won but also heard the there was cheating involved and that we would have won the game so he awarded us with desserts anyway. I guess cheaters never win! At 1330 we lined up and headed off to our Manual of Arms and Close Order Drill Exam. Chief Samuels our Section Commander was the evaluator of the exam we had been training so hard for. The coaching by our Company Commanders and the hard work of each recruit led to us receiving 19/20. We received 9/10 on our Close Order Drill and a perfect 10/10 on our Manual of Arms. Now Chief Samuels doesn’t hand out perfect scores we are told but for our performance and progression through training Chief Samuels awarded us the “Section Commander Pennant”. We also earned our Off Base Liberty! Later that evening we marched in a “Sunset Parade” to celebrate the Coast Guard’s birthday which was attended by a few hunded people. Off base liberty led to recruits heading out in many different directions in search of candy sweets and junk food. Some recruits went to hotels just to sleep while others attended movies. No matter where recruits went they were greeted and thanked for their service from people everywhere.

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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