Bravo 191 Recruit Journal Week 07



Bravo 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: March 17, 2015

Graduates: May 8, 2015


What a week it has been for the recruits of BRAVO-191. With week 07 down, we are all acutely aware of what happens next: Graduation. We are now the senior company on the regiment. We are the shining example for all the hapless junior companies to look up to. And for once we really feel like it.


This was the week where we, both as individuals and especially as a team, rose to the challenges set before us. In fact, we didn’t just overcome them; we summarily stomped all over them, kicking dirt on each as we proudly marched away. A series of pennants exist that can be earned by each company each signifying a different accomplishment. As of the end of week 07, BRAVO has not failed to earn a single one. From academics, such as our exceptional company average scores on the midterm, seamanship, and final exams, to practical assessments such as markshmanship, we have excelled at every turn. In week 03, I wrote that one day we might become something impressive. Well, it’s been a long tough road, but today there isn’t a single recruit among us that doesn’t feel we have indeed become just that.


Aside from our various tests and performance assessments, this week had some other highlights. For one, our company commanders talked to us like normal people. We had our suspicions that, deep down, they are normal human beings, well except Petty Officer Loeffler, who is more machine than man, but this confirmed that they are not only normal, but frequently hilarious.


On Friday, we participated in the Enlisted Memorial Fund Charity 5K, where our representative runners outpaced every other company on the regiment. Another win notched in BRAVO’s belt. Finally on Saturday, the event we’d all been waiting for finally arrived: off base liberty. Each recruit had his/her own plans; some went to the movies, some went to the Wildwood Boardwalk, a few simply rented a motel room for a few hours of peace and of course, all enjoyed the opportunity to speak to family and friends. But regardless of their chosen activities, each and every recruit enjoyed the opportunity to become a functioning member of normal society, if only for a day. Soon-less than a week from now-we will all be graduates of U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Training.


As such, this will be the last journal entry for BRAVO-191 before we are disbanded. For those of you who have followed, we are all grateful for your love and support. We are all immensely proud to be members not only of this company, but of such a storied and respected military and humanitarian service. We’ll see you at graduation!


Coast Guard Recruit Company Bravo 191 Graduation Program


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.