Sierra 198 Recruit Journal Week 04

International Maritime Signal Flag Sierra

Formed: May 12, 2020
Graduates:  July 02, 2020

Oh what a day, Sunday was a tiny taste of Search and Rescue Week. It’s a whole week the recruits must get dressed in operational dress uniforms and race to the galley in a certain amount of time. This is very important for The Coast Guard because we have to save the lives of others in a small amount of time.

Today is the only day of rest. The Recruits get divine hours, which really helps a recruit get squared away. It really is about teamwork. Each and every shipmate helping each other out to have the best racks. That’s basically it for Sundays. But when that clock hits 1300, there is no more peace, just fire and screams of motivation. Today the Company of Sierra-198 did a run with all their Company commanders, and the Senior Companies ahead of them. It was one of the few times we will ever get to hold our beautiful Sierra Flag. It was very hot out. So hot you could cook eggs on the concrete. Many of the recruits of Sierra-198 really enjoyed the run. Petty officer Sauers has the voice of an angel, and Petty Officer Vratsenes could’ve sang opera!

You should never eyeball a Company Commander, but for the first time there was a smile from Petty Officer Kuhns. But don’t let looks trick you. Petty Officer Kuhns’ smile was a devilish grin. He cut the leash loose and the recruits of Sierra-198 were about to sweat. Just when we thought there was a sweat session, it was just a work detail. Recruits sighed in relief. But just when you thought it was safe, Petty Officer Vratsenes and Petty Officer Sauers had so many tricks up their sleeves to help recruits learn basic but essential skills required. Burpee after burpee, so many flutter kicks, at some point we will actually get fast enough to not need more flutter kicks. Absolutely terrible, the worst thing ever. But the sun set, the chewy bars were eaten, and the recruits grew stronger, and faster.

One day closer to graduation!

-SR Kopera, S-198

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.