Bravo 191 Recruit Journal Week 04


Bravo 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: March 17, 2015

Graduates: May 8, 2015


BRAVO 191 Week 04 Summary

For Bravo Company, the sun has finally set on week 04. For what will hopefully be for most of us, that means we have officially reached the halfway point of Recruit Training. No more, are we the new kids on the block. Though we still have much more to do, and have much progress still to be made, Bravo is louder and prouder than ever before.

Week 04 treated us to a few highs of boot camp so far. Most notably, we filled out our “dream sheets,” where we put down our desired first duty stations. This was a real moment of ex citement for all, and a nice reminder of the new lives that await each of us outside of boot camp. Of coures, we have all heard that a dream sheet is just that: a dream. Still, we are all filled with anticipation – and perhaps a dash of trepidation – for the day next week, when we receive our orders.

Firearmes training was also conducted this week. Though a simulation, it was very realistic. Some recruits had never touched a gun before, and others managed to qualify as expert marksmen. Whatever the individual case, it was valuable training for all of us, albeit training that we hope we never have to utilize in the real world.

Finally, Bravo Company was subjected to the week 04 physical fitness test. As each recruit deals with various aches and ailments from the nonstop tempo of boot camp, we all had to dig deep, put on our game faces, and push ourselves to succeed. For an added element of difficulty, we conducted our 1.5 mile run outdoors in weather conditions I like to call, “sideways rain.” Delightful. Still, most recruits had the fortitude to exceed the minimum qualifications.

Overall, week 04, like the weeks before it, has been a bit of a roller coaster. Stress levels generally remain high, and we have watched as many of our shipmates have been lost to reversion. Mistakes have more serious consequences, and we are beginning to understand the seriousness of our situation. Though not every recruit recognizes it now, the endless tasks and objectives given to us are real-life preparation. Once we are fully-fledged Coast Guardsmen, many of the mistakes we are making now – such as being too slow or not paying attention to detail – could mean the difference between life and death in a search and rescue case. Our responsibilities will be great, and much will be expected from us.

With week 05 looming, we have much to look forward to. Not only do we receive our orders, but with that comes the first phone call home that any of us has had since arriving in Cape May. The mere thought of hearing the voices of loved ones is enough to misten the eyes of even the most stoic recruit. But it will be just that: a phone call. We are only halfway done, and have many more mistakes to make and lessons to learn before we are reunited with friends and family.

And with that, we move on. We must remain positive, proud, and focused. And, most importantly, we must be motivated and give 100% effort – especially during hard times. We can do it, Bravo. See you in week 05.

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.