Sierra 196 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Sierra 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Oct 9, 2018

Graduates: Nov 30, 2018


SIERRA – 196


17 NOV 18:

“On my whistle, shoot 06 rounds in the target.” With the whistle blown, the gunshot in the range was deafening. Recruits in Sierra – 196 had used all their training to prove themselves at the range. We learned about the Sig Sauer P229 inside and out, cleaning, nomenclature, and its features. We knew our handgun and now the instructors had to show us how to use them. This Gunner’s Mate was a master at his trade, being able to shoot his bullets, grouping them to the size of a quarter. His proficiency was represented in our company with our score coming out as an outstanding 83 percent. Keep in mind that some of Sierra’s members have never even touched a piece in their lives.

On Friday, 16 NOV 18, Romeo – 196, the company senior to us, graduated. It was nostalgic to see shipmates rejoicing with their families going back to the real world. As soon as they left, one thing did come to our minds, we are the senior company. We have to be the example. We have to be the adults. We have to pull the regiment to success. It will be hard having to be squared away at all times, making no mistakes. We will have to prove to our Battalion Commander and our Company Commanders that we want and deserve to serve the Coast Guard.

Saturday was the biggest day of the week. The confidence course was on our schedule as our entire company knew. We went through an obstacle course, training hard, cheering on our shipmates. Honestly, Sierra thought “Oh well; this training course is over, back to the house.” Then our Lead Company Commander called an about face.

There it was, our guideon, with a glistening spade and the Sierra flag flowing in the wind. It was dreamy and almost romanticized. We had finally earned our colors. Then Sierra was ordered to run and get it, lifting the flag, chanting our values, “Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty!” I cannot say that tears weren’t shed and that we weren’t the proudest. We marched back to the house singing, “Sierra Company is the best!”

Week 06 has finally come to an exciting end. After officially being recognized as the senior company, we earned On Base Liberty. With our phones back, we had a tour of the station here in Cape May. Getting to explore our future orders in depth. Finally we were set free, enjoying a video chat with family and loved ones. We go to bed knowing our hard work paid off stepping into Week 07.


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.