Sierra 196 Recruit Journal Week 07

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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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Starting Sunday night, we had to prove to our Company Commanders that we were ready for the Fleet and ready to become a member of the U.S. Coast Guard. Sierra Company had to show excellence in teamwork, skill and knowledge to our Chain of Command. Testing was difficult, with a Final exam, Manual of Arms Test, Close Order Drill Test, and constant required knowledge quizzing. On top of all this, we had our Squadbays inspected and our uniforms checked as well. Every detail of our lives was taken into consideration by our Section Commander.

After Sierra made sure everything was absolutely impeccable, we still had discrepancies. Somehow we had left 02 racks unlocked and a pair of Go-fasters in the head. The only thing that recruits could imagine next was Sierra Company turning into Tango Company. We had surely failed as a company this time. To everyone’s surprise, this incident was overlooked. Constantly, Sierra has proven themselves to the command (that we are awesome), squared away, our uniforms are on point and we work harder than any other company, all the way till the end. Based on Sierra’s performance throughout training, the Section Commander gave us our off-base liberty, declaring us good to go.

Liberty was just one cookie we earned as a company. When marching we sing cadences at the top of our lungs where you can hear the pride and joy in our voices. We get to show the Regiment who is top dog.

Operation fireside was a go. Every company on the Regiment was given liberty on Thanksgiving, spending it with a welcoming family in Cape May. These families opened their homes and fed us to show their appreciation making these soon to be Coasties happy.

Sierra finally earned liberty, on-base and off-base. During on-base we just had the opportunity to use our phones and relax for a few hours. This was not as exciting as off-base liberty, where we went to town. Recruits were ready to use their hard earned money for some recreation. We ate all the foods civilians offered and when we couldn’t eat anymore, we headed for a spa, mani-pedi’s, massage and pure Zen were most sought after. At the end of the day recruits were replenished and refreshed, ready for week 08.

On Friday of week 07 Sierra Company had a capping ceremony. We finally got rid of the Boy Scout cookie selling “RECRUIT” cover and exchanged them for a more professional, work ready “U.S. Coast Guard” ball cover, which did not come easily. We had to sweat and scream to probe we had earned the right to wear this cover. Week 07 had us on the edge but Sierra-196 demonstrated the capabilities of being part of the Fleet. We’re good to go, Shipmates!


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.