Bravo 192 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Bravo 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 29, 2015

Graduates: November 20, 2015

 

Week 06 Summary

Hello again friends and family! I say “again” as I am sure a lot of you all received phone calls yesterday from your recruit during our On-Base Liberty.   Well, week 6 is done and dusted and it feels great. Bravo had a good week with lots of milestones and highlights to talk about.

The first item worth mentioning was a visit from our mentor, Admiral Throop on Sunday evening. This was his second visit to our company and he came to cheer on and participate, in the confidence course as well as answer some questions we had. A confidence course is basically a kids dream jungle gym scaled up to recruit dimensions, and it has it all: A rope climb, a log hurdle, a cargo net, a wooden wall you have to climb up and over and a plethora of other obstacles. This course has gained the attention of every recruit that has walked, er- double timed, by and we were giddy and anxious to finally get to tackle this wooden masterpiece called the confidence course.

From there we rolled on into the week with training in firefighting. We learned the basics of firefighting, and how to deal with a fire emergency at sea. After some classroom instruction we donned actual firefighting equipment and headed into a simulated inferno to battle a blaze and save the ship. Fires are one of the biggest threats to a ship, and it was essential to know the basics of firefighting, not to mention a pretty cool experience.

Every company carries around a guidon, a wooden pole with a flag on the end. For most of boot camp, you march around with a plain white flag with a letter to signify your company; our guidon with the letter “B” has been leading us around for the past 6 weeks. More senior companies will swap out their white flag for an actual flag of their company. It is a big deal to do this and “earn your colors” and on Thursday evening we finally got ours.

After marching down to the beach, we got a “coach in the locker room” speech from our Lead Company Commander, Chief Flickinger. At the end, we turned to head home as our Assistant Company Commanders lined up holding our shiny new guidon, complete with a crimson red Bravo flag at the top. It was an awesome moment, and a real motivator for Bravo Company. Marching back we celebrated by learning some cadences from our Company Commanders. This was a treat since we had been marching to “left, left, left right left” since day 1. My personal favorite is “Let ‘em sail, let ‘em sail, let the Navy sail, from the east to the west, the US Coast Guard is the best!”   You get the idea, and I am certain I will be whistling that for the rest of my life.

Wrapping up the week we had our On-Base Liberty. I won’t go into much detail here but it was absolutely great to talk to you and have a real conversation. It boosted all of our spirits and we came back completely content, and looking forward to our off base liberty next Saturday.

Well- another week down, on to week 7! Hard to believe we are this far in our training, and we are all looking forward to hopefully leaving soon. We have made it this far with all of your thoughts and prayers, and of course mail, so keep it coming!

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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