Sierra 197 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Sierra 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 16, 2019

Graduates: September 06, 2019


And so, dusk descends on another week, yet dawn arises anew for the next. Much growth has occurred for us recruits of SIERRA-197. From taking aim at the gun range, to our disastrous Friday, back to a blissful end, a week all of Sierra Company will remember.

To start, a division occurred as we divided to; Port and Starboard recruits. As one side was taught how to fire the Signature Coast Guard fire arm, the P229 DAK Pistol, the other waiting for their turn, had some administrative time to make their transition to their next unit even smoother, by calling their new units, our loved ones to make travel plans, or going online to find places to live at our new units.

Then came Friday, Forming Friday I dread to call it. A day that I’m sure we will all remember. We dressed and made to act like the children we were. We had to wear our Physical Fitness gear with our covers, our white socks and running shoes. We basically went back in time to forming weekend. Hours upon hours of pain and sweat nearly broke all of us. By the end of the night, there was barely anything left in our tanks. If it wasn’t for Chief VanderJagt and his moving speech in the moonlight and rain, we would have remained shattered. But we went to sleep with hopes that the next day would be better.

Which brings us to the beautiful day that came after, and the wonders that followed. We were able to battle some of our shipmates in Pugil Sticks, then after lunch Petty Officer Sanchez, and Petty Officer Cobb took us across the street where we were given a tour of a Coast Guard Fast Response Cutter (FRC) and a Small Boat Station. It was good to be able to learn what we would be doing in the next few weeks. We also were given our very first taste of freedom, On Base liberty for Sierra Company was granted by our Lead Company Commander. We were able to reach out and talk with our loved ones, and friends. The support that is given to us by our friends and families’ us is felt every step of the way, and we remain strong because of it. It means so much to us. But understand, this Company is a Phoenix. We start and we grow until we crumble. Then we resurrect to become even better.

This is the way of life here. We hope it continues. We only have to do it for two more weeks.

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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