Bravo 192 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Bravo 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 29, 2015

Graduates: November 20, 2015

 

Bravo-192 Week 04 Summary

 

Bravo, Bravo-192, for making it through week 04 and officially at the halfway point of recruit training! This past week has so far been the most enjoyable week on the regiment, but also was one of the most stressful weeks as well.

Everyday we are being more and more like an actual company. For starters, on Monday we graduated from our “One-size” jump suits/coveralls and finally got to break into our real operational dress uniforms. These are the real deal; the same exact uniforms you see real Coast Guardsmen wearing on the job. The uniform came with new responsibilities. Now we are held accountable for not just looking the part, but playing the part. Wrinkles, loose threads, or unbuttoned buttons are now a real threat to any unsuspecting recruit so you had better make sure that it is good to go before you step off for chow, or you will get chewed out.

On top of wearing our new operational dress uniforms and making week 04 more official for the recruits of B-192, we also had our mid-training physical fitness assessment. This was a major testing point as this was our chance to meet, and surpass, the actual standards all Coast Guard members have to meet. I am happy to report that the vast majority of us passed, some need a little motivation from our Company Commanders in the loving form of “one more push-up! If you do not do one more, I am failing you right now and you can pack up and go home!” That led to me, and nearly all of my shipmates beating all of their previous scores from week 01. For those that didn’t make it, there is a retake, so Bravo should be good to go until our final physical test in week 08.

Another milestone and very highly anticipated event for week 04 was firearms training. We learned how to operate the standard Coast Guard pistol. Live fire requires a lot of safety training and Bravo-192 learned from actual gunner’s mates.

With big highs come big lows, and after our physical fitness test and shooting experience we all felt pretty good about recruit training, maybe a little too good.

On Friday morning we had our first official rack inspection. The inspection consisted of many Chiefs bombarding us with required knowledge questions, while destroying our beloved racks that we had spent so much time trying to perfect. The resulting carnage left in the wake of destruction were probation belts, countless tickets to incentive training and a few shipmates that got reverted into a different company.

To finish off week 04, we took our midterm evaluations. I am happy to report that Bravo did exceptionally well on this test, which covered everything we had learned since day 01. This pleased our Lead Company Commander and he has since allowed us an additional 05 minutes for mail, which B-192 uses to write back all of our followers, loved ones, and friends that bring sunshine to the end of our day. We have all been getting your letters, and most of us have sent mail out. It seems like there may be a delay for our mail to reach you. So in the mean time, keep the letters coming. They really make our day.

Well, that is an official wrap from your historians. Week 05 is a big week for us and we can’t wait to fill you in. Until then, continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

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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