Sierra 195 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Sierra 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Feb 6, 2018

Graduates: March 30, 2018


Sierra-195 Week 04 Summary


Hello again friends and family of Sierra company. Before we jump in I’d like to thank my shipmates, SR Dozier and SR Merlino for helping me with this one. Now without further ado, we started out the week the complete opposite as last you’d heard. We actually performed well as a company. Then the next day we got knocked right back down on our tails. That’s when we realized were about as clueless as an Eskimo in Florida when it comes to required knowledge, getting out marched by the geese, and forgetting to tuck in our shoe laces. But that doesn’t upset Petty Officer Madrid, as he’s told us since day one “I love this crap, aye aye!”. Which is to say up until today we got incentively trained all the time.

It was a big week nonetheless. We took our physical fitness exam, filled out our dream sheets (our desires on where and what type of units we would like to go to), and witnessed Petty Officer Madrid resemble Batman in the galley, and if you catch his eye you will be greeted with “are you trying to look into my soul? Spoiler alert you won’t find one!”, all while recruits are fighting to keep a straight face. Here’s a question for you all, what’s more stressful? Working out every day, or being sleep deprived for a month? The answer is boot camp because we do both. Yet even as I write this, we’ve reached the halfway point. Every day we get a little stronger, a little faster, and a little smarter. But as of right now we’re still holding up our canteens like a sacrifice to the mythical gods of sweating. But until we stop acting like fools that is what we’ll do.

We may have finally hit our turning point on Friday. As our squad leaders were hoisting a huge line overhead for our shortcomings chanting “we need to try harder”, first one voice joined in, then two, then more until the entire state of New Jersey heard us. After ten seconds we charged the line and hoisted it, screaming at the top of our lungs, and lifting the line off of our squad leaders. When the whistle blew no one would leave the line, and that’s when I realized I am proud to be here with these amazing men and women, and we can do anything. 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.