Bravo 192 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Bravo 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 29, 2015

Graduates: November 20, 2015

 

Bravo-192 Week 02 Summary

 

Our Company Commanders are “Awesome,” for everyone that doesn’t know what one is; it’s basically a “Drill Sergeant” like you would see in the movies. If only it were a movie…. But, for BRAVO-192 with a company of approximately 120 recruits, we were lucky enough to get five Company Commanders, now imagine that. Forming week as it is officially known at least to all recruits, is the week where all 120 strangers that make up Bravo Company had to come together amidst total chaos, thanks to our Company Commanders, and learn to work, and eventually form up as a team. Basically, we all have to learn and cope with all forms of recruits: the laughers, the criers, the honest recruits and the liars, the 18 year olds that “know everything” the recruits that have education, twenty something year olds that are looking to plot a different course in life. Yep, that was the group that came together that will be pushed and tested by our all star team of Company Commanders. As far as the weeks go Bravo -192 has learned, or is trying to learn, how to march as a unit with the expectation that we are in unison, utilizing one mind and one body.

 

We quickly realized that marching was the preferred way of transportation, our Company Commanders used to get us around – and Bravo-192 had many places to go this past week. Besides getting accustomed to early morning wake up calls via a whistle, blow horn and screaming (some variation thereof), and the constant pressure of a timed deadline for everything , Bravo-192 had to also get used to life in Cape May, NJ, in general. We had begun to attend classes teaching us about Coast Guard life. Additionally, we had our first gym assignments, as well as our swim test. We learned how a tiny mistake can have some big consequences. And the Company Commanders have to correct our mistakes. One would never think that holding a 2 pound canteen could deliver so much pain…. Eh, discipline, but, the message is starting to resonate with Bravo-192, and although our progress has been minimal, there has still been progress. At least if you can call avoiding getting yelled at every 15 minutes instead of every 5 minutes progress. It might not seem like much, but if it delays the inevitable “Eyes in the Boat” (holding said canteen in front of you chanting “Eyes in the Boat”) or any form of incentive training, then we are doing alright.

Overall, this was basically the most intense week any of us have ever been through.

But we have made it this far, and that is huge when you consider the time that has passed since any one of us had had our first thought about calling their recruiter, and the steps it took to get here. Everyone we are around, are all in the same boat, we just have to learn to keep our eyes in the boat, and never look a Company Commander in the eyes. We look forward to keeping you all posted on the progress and updates that Bravo-192 will have.

 

Sincerely, your company Historians,

SR Hayes

SR Decampos

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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