Sierra 197 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Sierra 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 16, 2019

Graduates: September 06, 2019

11 AUG19


Week 04 summary

Hello and goodbye to week 04 for Sierra Company. With long days, but quick weeks we’ve stumbled over the halfway mark. We’re slowly making our way up the totem pole for being a senior company. But to recap our story this week, I’ll begin with our seamanship classes! Last week we went from learning deck skills and knot tying, all the way to fighting and extinguishing mock fires in full firefighting gear, including and learning how to utilize oxygen tanks and a breathing apparatus. Not only did we fight fires, but we also learned their classifications, and how to extinguish each one. Other than seamanship, we also got our pictures done! Yes, that right moms and dads, we got our very first coast guard pictures. This week also presented a rare opportunity for us! We had the privilege of being able to sit down and with not just one, but three former Master Chief Petty Officers of the Coast Guard. It was great to be able to ask them questions and to learn more about the world’s greatest Coast Guard. Aside from our knowledge gained, we also had to put it to the test. LITERALLY! We had out mid-term exam this past Friday and luckily all of Sierra passed! Our class average was high enough that our Lead Company Commander rewarded us with the nectar from the gods. We can now drink coffee from the galley at chow. It’s a nice pick me up for us sleepy recruits. But finally the best highlight of our week would be that we were able to put in our “dream sheets”, for our first PCS, or assignments. A PCS is a “permanent change of station” but it’s another way of saying that we’re going to find out where our new homes will be after boot cap. After much research (although some of us went happy-go-lucky) we submitted our requests, and now anxiously await our results, (that we may even learn as soon as next week). A saying I’ve stumbled upon is “Home is where the military sends you!” After saying farewell to PAPA-197 in their graduation, we’ve found the motivation and fire to take week 05 by the horns. The Sierra way is the hard way, but it taught us motivation and dedication. As always, thank you family and friends of Sierra. We couldn’t this without you!

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.

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