Sierra 197 Recruit Journal Week 03

International Maritime Signal Flag Sierra

International Maritime Signal Flag Sierra


Sierra 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 16, 2019

Graduates: September 06, 2019


04 AUG 19


Week 03 Summary


What a busy week for Sierra Company! This was a week filled with learning, new experiences, and a whole lot of sweat, hard work and determination! The main highlight for us this week was the beginning of our seamanship classes, where we began learning our nautical terms, knot tying and even interacting with high tech simulators to teach us the beginning concepts of “driving” a vessel, and how to relay commands accordingly. We also got to learn with a mini 3D replica to identify major parts, directions, and sections of vessels so we can continue our seamanship classes, we also received some schooling from our Company Commanders and our Section Commander, YNC Snyder, in the areas of code of conduct, Hazing & Bullying prevention, as well as a class where we identified honorable and dignity traits and moral standards. It gave us a chance to dial in and remember why we chose to be here. To follow, we also were given the opportunity to meet with our company Mentor, LT Duane Zitta. We had a lengthy group conversation and he led and ice breaker that gave us the chance to learn each other’s names, and a little bit about each other. It was a great bonding experience for Sierra Company, and it helped us come together as a team. As we are preparing for our company’s first close order drill test, which is this coming up week (Week 04), and our manual of arms test in a few weeks a company we’ve learned that teamwork makes the dream work! Aside from all of our classes and new knowledge, this was also a week filled with “fire fire fire” and a lot of incentive training, running programs and weight training routines. While knowledge is power, Sierra Company is working on getting better, faster, louder and stronger so we can earn our spot in the fleet, and in due time, the title of a United States Coast Guardsmen”. So as week 03 is coming to a close, Sierra Company is getting ready to move full speed ahead into week 04. We were featured in the graduation ceremony this week, and it has kick started our motivation to get us to the halfway point. We’re all in good spirits and thank you all very much for the letters, support, and love from home, it means a lot to us.


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.