Sierra 197 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Sierra 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 16, 2019

Graduates: September 06, 2019


Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

Go to:

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


To view the Graduation Live: Time: 1100 AM

The live stream of the graduations are viewed by going to the training center’s Facebook page at


*It should be noted that the live streams are a courtesy and not a guarantee. There could be technical issues or resource availability issues that would interfere with the stream. The live streams are not intended to be high definition productions of the graduation ceremonies.


If you are looking for higher quality video products from your loved one’s graduation, you should contact VTS at 609-365-8889


28 July 2019



Week 02 Summary


This week was the very beginning of our Coast Guard journey. Our story began on July 19, 2019, where we became Sierra Company, and we were settled in our new home, Healy Hall. Within days of our arrival, we have already begun the rigorous transformation to obtain the title of Coastguardsmen. Between haircuts, being introduced to our operational dress uniforms and learning required military knowledge and customs, we were VERY busy. We had long days of learning about motivation, dedication, and how to push ourselves mentally to a whole new level. Our lessons in these honorable traits cost us sweat, hard work and determination. While we have seemingly entered a new world, where we speak via recruit communications, such as “Petty Officer Sanchez, Seaman Recruit ______, I request to inform you…” We also had some great experiences. In the beginning of the week, we not only had scholarly classes, but we were also introduced to out physical fitness routines, such as weight lifting, organized cardio workouts and an introduction to incentive training. We were also issued our first mock “piece” or M-16 rifle. We are learning its nomenclature, the safety, and great responsibility that comes with it. Another highlight of our story was our swimming assessments, where we made a jump off a platform, swam 100 meters and treaded water for 5 minutes. Between all of our busy daily schedule class schedules, we have a nice piece of free time every night, which is our mail and prayer time. This was our first week receiving mail from our homes, families, and friends and it was a wonderful experience for all of us here in Sierra Company. It’s our few minutes each night where we can quietly escape from the fast paced, loud environment. While we are getting accustomed to our new journey, as well as conducting ourselves as members of the armed forces, we are fortunate to be under the watchful eyes our Company Commanders. Our Lead Company Commander, Petty Officer Sanchez, and our Assistant Company Commanders, Chief Petty Officer Vanderjagt, Petty Officer Cobb, and Petty Officer Duran. While the week was long, this chapter is coming to an end, and so begins chapter 03 for Sierra Company. We leave this note for the week as generally positive, we are excited for our next adventures. We ae hoping to learn the true meaning of Honor, Respect, and Devotion to duty as we progress.


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.