Sierra 195 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Sierra 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Feb 6, 2018

Graduates: March 30, 2018


Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

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Sierra-195 Week 02 Summary


Hello to all, and welcome to the first weekly summary of Sierra-195. I’m going to be straight with you. This really sucks. Whether it be physically or mentally, it hasn’t been going well. Our Company Commanders keep telling us we can’t do anything right. Now whether that be their true opinion, I can’t tell, but it’s certainly not good. But never fear, your loved ones are strong men and women, and they will pull through.

It all started when the bus pulled up to Sexton Hall. The welcoming party wasted no time putting our bags outside, and when that first Company Commander stepped on the bus and started yelling we all thought “holy crap what did we get ourselves into”. Now two weeks later I still can’t tell you.

At the pace we’re moving you might as well be trying to teach the three stooges calculus. Except we’re all the dumb one. We can’t even walk properly, there hasn’t been this many people tripping in one place since the Woodstock music festival. Anyhow the last week has been relatively similar to how I’ve been explaining it. The first day after indoctrination weekend was a crap shoot. They gave us countless time objectives to meet, and we were forced to call out the dreaded “mission failed” after every single one. And like a video game, when you fail you pay. Only our Company Commanders favorite form of currency is sweat. They put it in bags and spend it at the store that sells ideas to make a recruits life harder. Now when you think about making us sweat you might think pushups, and while we do plenty of those their favorite it making us hold full canteens at arm’s length. We took plenty of classes, and did even more incentive training. So we all went to bed hoping for a better day to come, but like Bill Murray we seemed to live the same day.

It wasn’t until Wednesday that anything changed. We got demilitarized M-16’s, and we learned more incentive training with those. What? I didn’t say it changed for the better. We lost close to 20 recruits to the “Cape May plague” (the flu). So to protect the rest of us we had to decontaminate every surface. One of the highlights of the week was a “shaving class”, because we aren’t good at that either. So obviously things can only get better from here, but not while we’re acting like Dumb and Dumber. To quote Pink Floyd’s Have a Cigar, “it will get better once we all pull together as a team”. But as of right now, I’m regretting it more than the new Ghost Busters movie.


  • SR Sawyer, C.



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.