Sierra 198 Recruit Journal Week 04

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

Wow, another week pretty much completed, by the skin of our teeth! This week has been such a long, but fast week. The hours are fast, and the minutes are slow! It’s surprising how slow yet fast the week was, this week had a boatload to store for the recruits of Sierra 198!

We had search-and-rescue this whole entire week, where we had to simulate getting up and out to a location in a limited amount of time, fully prepared perform the objective or mission. There were some failures, but by the end we were all making time objectives! The company sweated more than usual which is no fun!

Sierra 198 also had career counseling to get their new lives squared away. Plus, we had individual pictures taken; it was an official military moment. There was also a time where we pass on our own sea bags around a circle until all your stuff is everywhere when you open it up. This is frustrating in creating a rack ready for inspection! The recruits of Sierra had a very important firefighting class. It was very hot and wet in those firefighting suits. We got to wear the oxygen tanks and put out a fake fire! All the gear was so heavy!

 Many recruits also came in contact with their units. It’s very stressful when you have time as an objective and you need to ask your unit certain questions. We also had a history class, it was very rich in the information section and related well to modern day Coast Guard missions.

Sierra 198 also topped the day off with the confidence course. The confidence course was very fun and very hard! Seeing every shipmate give their all on that course means everything. The recruits of Sierra 198 can push through anything!

-SR Kopera, Week 04, 20Jun20.

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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