Sierra 196 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Sierra 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Oct 9, 2018

Graduates: Nov 30, 2018


Week 03 Summary

SIERRA 196 – 27 OCT 18

Our third week into the Coast Guard may have proven itself to be our most difficult week of training. Many gains and hard losses came with this week of training with the introduction of even more nerve-racking challenges. Our week started off with a rack inspection, of course, which actually did no go as terrible as most recruits would imagine. This mission complete, three quarters complete, was rewarded with some time for our company to shine up and polish their boots. The boots are essential to a well maintained recruit. Trust me, if you want to keep away from the heated questioning brought forth by a Company Commander, consider seeing your own reflection on your toes, pressed uniform, mirror polished boots and a will to strive for more, Sierra was ready for week 03.

Seamanship was the absolute highlight of these seven days. Many recruits had never been on a boat or experienced what we learned in seamanship. We were taught knots, how to stay on the lookout, proper terminology and even helm commands. The helm portion of our studies was of course the most exciting with even a simulation coming into play. We controlled simulated helms, or steering after receiving orders, being able to get real experience at our future jobs. Seamanship was such a new and refreshing learning environment having recruits instantly developing a passion for it. Sierra is lucky to have this passion because at the end of our week came a seamanship practical test. Almost every recruit passed, an outstanding result of this intelligent company. With brains and our passion for more knowledge, Sierra-196 can smartly overcome any mountain.

Our first one was Everest. A valued shipmate was sadly put on probation, where he was tested everyday on, well, everything. To pass these tests, the recruit had to be near perfect. Sierra came together as one. We helped study, square away his uniform and just be the best recruit he could be. With teamwork and his extreme effort, a member of the Sierra-196 family stayed with us.

Every day we become closer, being able to overcome new challenges set. We are able now to complete more time objectives, more mission completes and have more squared away recruits. We will become the best company at TRACEN CAPE MAY.

Sierra-196 completed Week 03 with a new type of night called “Evening Routine”. We were able to focus a little more on being better recruits for Week 04. We’ll start Week 04 on the right foot.


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.