Bravo 190 Recruit Journal Week 06


Bravo 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 08, 2014

Graduates: August 29, 2014


Week 06 Summary: “Senior Initiation Week”


This week we had a lot of firsts and a lot of lasts. We had our last morning “Fire! Fire! Fire,” and we had our last day of punishment with our “Bravo Broomstick”. Now, onto the firsts! We had our first swim circuit workout in the gym today and we had an Aviation Survival Technician as our instructor. We have finally began to march ourselves around the regiment and have been getting to and from classes by ourselves. We’ve held our heads high to prove to our company commanders that we really are worthy of this new responsibility. We fought our first real fire, and took our first steps towards becoming qualified as real firefighters on our ships or stations. We also got the privilege of adding some new  accessories to our wardrobe. We were issued our first fancy tropical blue uniforms, along with our bravo jackets. We’re the best looking company on this whole gosh darn regiment! We were also issued our shiny new military identification cards. Another new thing we did, that we will hopefully be able to repeat again, was pugil stick fighting! Yes, we put our fighting skills to the test in the ring as we whacked each other with oversized Q-tips. It got pretty viscous after a while of us cheering on our shipmates who were going against each other. It was the most fun that Bravo-190 has probably had in a very long time. On Friday, the eldest company (Alpha-190) graduated, leaving us to be the senior company on the regiment!!! We are now setting the example for the younger companies, forging the new footsteps in the sand for others to follow. Our chests are all swollen with pride and we march around with a gleam in our eyes and a spring in our step. Our company commanders have seen improvement, and, because they’ve seen us get better and better each day, they decided to give us a map that, when we followed it, led us to our company’s colors!!! And, to commemorate the moment, when Bravo finally found our colors, we hoisted them to the sky and screamed our Coast Guard Ethos for all to hear! Immediately following that, to make our Saturday even better, we were finally granted our on-base liberty! Every single person in our company was stuffing their faces with candy and goodies that we’re normally not allowed to have, and we were all chatting away on our cellphones, finally taking the chance to call everyone they needed to talk to within the 06 hours that we got. This week was full of our best moments together as a company. Bravo-190 has really bonded and come together over this past week. We now have less than 02 weeks left, and we are intent on finishing stronger than ever before. Friends and family, hold on, because we’ll be home soon. Love from all of us here in company.

-Bravo 190

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.