Bravo 192 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Bravo 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 29, 2015

Graduates: November 20, 2015

Week 05 Summary

This week was a heavy week for Bravo 192. To kick off the week we had a uniform inspection from the well feared and respected Chief Arseneaux.   Chief Arseneaux did our rack inspections last week and as a result of that, a few of our shipmates who were not up to standard got sent back to Charlie Company. With that fresh on our minds, we kicked off Monday morning with a uniform inspection. We had spent a good amount of time ironing, de-linting and perfecting our uniform to ensure a hassle free pass on our inspection since any stray thread or crease is a bull’s-eye and an all out invitation for Chief Arseneaux to personally make sure you knew all of your required knowledge and could sound off, er- yell at the top of your lungs as you answered. Answer correctly and you could be on your way. Answer incorrectly, which basically means you didn’t answer the question 100% correctly, and you either got a few nights of physical incentive training, i.e. Recruit Aptitude Motivational Program (RAMP) or a shiny new red probation belt.

After much preparation, that majority of us came out unscathed. A good percentage received 1-3 nights of RAMP, and a few not so fortunate got a probation belt which had to be worn for 3-5 days.

After a rough start to the week, things seemed to mellow out a bit. Mid-week we got fitted for our dress uniform. This is the classic military uniform, complete with a button down blazer with gold buttons and that timeless military cover, or “hat” as we used to call them. Although we were not allowed to talk at the uniform distribution center, or talk anywhere really, you could hear whispers from everyone of how good they are going to be looking and where they are going to be wearing them back home. We are going to get a final fitting for them this week, and from there we will be responsible to take care of it, respect it and wear it with pride.

And lastly, I hate to bore you all with small details, but this week we got out orders to our first duty stations! Last week we had to pick 4 locations where we would want to be stationed and late this week the results came back. It was pretty exciting to hear where everyone will be in a few weeks, and for the most part everyone got their first or second choice. Further, we all got to make a 5 minute phone call home to let our families know. Everyone got some really cool places and even a few of us who got orders for completely different areas are staying positive, we all feel that it will work out and are still pretty excited. A quick side note- we are scheduled to get our cell phones back next Saturday and we will be able to make phone calls to talk for a few hours. We are all really looking forward to talking to you and filling you in about our stations.

Well that concludes another long week here at TRACEN Cape May. We are looking forward to firefighting classes next week and getting in contact with our first unit and families on Saturday. Until then, keep sending us mail (mail call can make your day!) and keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

SR Hayes- Out!

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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