Sierra 197 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Sierra 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 16, 2019

Graduates: September 06, 2019

Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

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


To view the Graduation Live: Time: 1100 AM

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*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.

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An impressive week for S-197 as we not only perform at the standards required of us, but we exceed them as we surpass even the Senior Company at the same time. We are louder, faster, and all around better recruits than when we first started. We look back to see how much we’ve grown and it is amazing! We have a swell of confidence carrying us.

We learned our first useable tool to save lives, CPR & First Aid. To see our names on the certificate makes the hour long videos worth the boredom. Afterwards, we had our last Seamanship class. We’re sad to leave, but hope to “SEA” our instructors again soon. Finally, our last of educational classes came to a close. HOORAY!

The MOA/COD (Manual of Arms/Close Order Drill) Test. Before that however, the weekly stress of graduation loomed quickly over. But no sweat for Sierra as we always look good marching down the avenue. Don’t believe me? Come see us next week! We’ll show you how it’s done. Sad to see Romeo leave. Big brother is moving on up. We’ll follow suit in time.

Then came our test(s). Lead by the gallant, the snappy, and sculpted by the gods themselves, Petty Officer Cobb. Lead on he did. We screamed till we all went deaf, marched like decepticons, and stood like the kings we are… and we waited, listened as hard as possible to overhear the conversation… Chief Orlowitz looked at us and nodded. 9/10 for Manual of Arms. 10/10 for Close Order Drill. We were shocked, but our victory lap around the regiment was all rea. As we basked in the view of another beautiful pennant, we went outside to the regimental flag pole.

The test was not over yet. Before we could oversee as Week 08, we had to prove how much we wanted it. With a little bit of sweat and a lot of yelling, our point was proven. Then to our Capping Ceremony, an official step in becoming non-rates.

To that avail our last test was the next day, our off-base liberty, to see if we can be trusted alone… as per usual, we passed with flying colors.

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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