Sierra 196 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Sierra 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Oct 9, 2018

Graduates: Nov 30, 2018


Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

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Under the “Graduation Date” Tab you will be able to find the Graduation Program


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SIERRA-196 Week 02


Week two started off with FIRE, FIRE, FIRE, already making it harder than week one. We were introduced to the “Calm” teaching side of our Company Commanders. It was refreshing to know that our Company Commanders did have a quieter yet stern side to them. The whole week we endured a myriad of classes learning about Military Customs and Courtesies, Ranks and Rates, Saluting, etc. the most memorable class was taught by Petty Officer Misiuda, where she talked briefly about her personal life. We all assumed the Company Commanders just yelled their days away but apparently not. Continuing, the weekly visit from the chaplain went well until he made us cry more than an old Drake song. Sierra-196 pressed on through the week with more sweat sessions from Petty Officer Misiuda. She also introduced us to her “Sister” Medusa, a very long and heavy line that is to be pulled around by a single recruit. Medusa is said to make or break recruits and luckily for our shipmate Seaman Recruit Victoria, he did not break. Sierra-196 also gained more recruits from senior weeks of training, who either got reverted or rephrased which was explained by our lead company commander of why. Luckily they have more knowledge and begin to help the struggling recruits more and more. The days get harder and harder with more late night runs on the track, which actually becomes peaceful to some of us. Later in the week we learned the true wrath of our Company Commanders when we come back to the squad bays and find them trashed with gear everywhere and the words “ No standing water in the sinks” written on our mirrors with sharpie. Eventually we will learned that we need to properly clean our squad bays and put our gear in the appropriate places according to the recruit rules and regulations. On Saturday we had a relaxing talk with our Sponsor who helped spin our head in the right direction by motivating us. Saturday ended with back, to back, to back sweat sessions from Petty Officer Grant, who is generally the “Calmer” Company Commander that we have expect for that night. In week two the recruits of Sierra-196 learned two things, one we need to get louder, and two we need to move faster. Next week has more that’s going to be required of us and hopefully we all survive. But hey, at least we have divine hours tomorrow.


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.