Sierra 197 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Sierra 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 16, 2019

Graduates: September 06, 2019


Hello, families, friends, and everyone caring about S-197. I am the new Historian for the company, doing my best to provide information about your sons and daughters in boot camp.

This week has been titled SAR (Search & Rescue) week. One of the most stressful weeks we have had so far, but we, the recruits of the “Best” Company, can say we were steadfast and determined to make our Company Commanders, and you, the loving families and friends, proud. This week was all about speed. Every morning, from the second we had awoke, we were on a time limit. It took time to adapt to the standard they had set for us, but we had to do it together. First objective, get to the galley in full uniform straight out of bed in 15 minutes. A hard challenge but not hard enough.

Another exciting event that occurred this week was receiving our orders, an exciting time for us, along with the five minute phone call that came along with it. An award for all our hard work so far with a promise that we WILL do even better. Many of us are scattering; from Alaska to Florida, California to Maine, Alabama to Hawaii. It was also the first time we had seen our Company Commanders ease up a little bit during them giving orders to us. They smiled, made jokes, and showed a side we’ve never seen. With that however came a warning, that only specific times will it happen. We must stay professionals. The sweat sessions however have decreased drastically to one per day. A welcomed change everyone is glad to see since we no longer constantly have to be working out and can focus on more important assignments. FINALLY! Next time you see us, you will notice a difference in our demeanor.

Another exciting thing for Sierra this past week was the confidence course, most recruits faced a few fears such as heights or small platforms. Forging a new sense of dignity and confidence in all of us, some that they never thought they had in them.

So do not worry about Sierra-197 friends and families. Training is molding us for the better, and as we adapt to the program, we all now are now seeing that what we do here relates to the fleet in so many ways. As always please keep us in your minds, as we keep you all in our hearts.

-A Wayward Recruit

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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