Sierra 195 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Sierra 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Feb 6, 2018

Graduates: March 30, 2018


Sierra-195 Week 03 Summary


Hello again to all friends and family of the recruits of Sierra-195. Week 03 was kind of repetitive. Meaning we got every ounce of sweat worked out of us. But there were some highlights, funny, sad, and just exhausting. Mostly just exhausting though. There was the construction of the throne of sea bags that one recruit was unfortunate enough to sit in. The day after that we realized just how serious boot camp is when four recruits got extra punishment from our Lead Company Commander. Remember how I told you about our canteens? Well just imagine something much heavier. The rest of us were about as scared as a toilet in a Taco Bell. Also I’d like to take a moment to say farewell to our shipmates that had to go to Tango Company, we’ll miss them.

The next day things were starting to look up a little, sure we worked like dogs, but we made quite a few time objectives. But it seems that once we opened that door Wiley Coyote was there to hit us where it hurts, and the clock struck midnight on our Cinderella story. It all went downhill from there, we started to feel like Rocketman in Elton John’s song. One line standing out above the rest, “I miss my home”. From there on we once again found ourselves as Bill Murray in Groundhog Day. Sometimes it was a little worse. For instance another shipmate and I found ourselves pulling line. It doesn’t sound too bad until you see the size of the rope. I can think of a laundry list of things I’d rather do than pull that line again. And then some recruits got it even worse when they couldn’t properly greet an officer in our chain of command.

Just as our morale was at its lowest our squad leaders closed the door and gave us a pep talk that lit a fire under us that burned hotter than the sun for a little bit anyway. But that diminished after today. We’ve finally run out of rope with our Lead Company Commander Petty Officer Shenk, and we’re going to have to start working a lot harder to show him that we are going to learn from our mistakes and move forward. But never fear we are a strong bunch, and we’ll make it through. Thanks everyone and until next week.


  • 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.