Bravo 192 Recruit Journal Week 07


Bravo 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 29, 2015

Graduates: November 20, 2015

Week 07 Summary

Coast Guard Recruit Company Bravo 192 Graduation Program

Week 7 Summary. Let’s say that again- Week 7 Summary. Pretty hard to believe that we are here at the end of week 7, well we are- and what a time is has been here at Cape May.

We have made a tremendous transition since that bus pulled up full of gangly wannabe recruits eager to serve their country for one reason or another. Since that point we have been working nearly 24/7 being transformed into the recruits that will be the future of the Coast Guard. We have all been tested and pushed to our limits and past, dropped into absolute chaos and demanded to perform. Day-to-day, the transformation is hard to notice, but looking at our time here as a whole, and compared to the newer companies, it is easy to spot the level of professionalism and overall military bearing we have developed.

Week 7 had some exciting times, but it was a slower week which gave us time to work on sorting out our first units. Having that first unit packet in your hands is pretty exciting and it starts to feel very real. It felt real when I dialed my first unit and actually spoke to them earlier this week. I had one of those, “I can’t believe this is happening” moments. What is better is that all of my shipmates are having that moment of realization as well. All of the effort, all of the calls to the recruiter, all of the anxiety to see if you can get this waivered or that dismissed, just so you qualify for enlistment. All of those dreaded trips to MEPS at 4:00 AM. Packing up everything, moving, saying good bye to your family, to your friends, to your spouse or special someone and getting on a plane straight into the unknown. It all came into fruition and finally made sense when we signed those orders.

We live in a day where the World’s knowledge is at your finger tips, where you can look up anything, at any moment and learn or research. Try Googling “Coast Guard Boot Camp” and see what comes up. Maybe a few blog posts or a forum but other than that not much. In a day and age when you can know everything about anything, you can only find nothing about Boot Camp. Yet, we all went out of our way, said our ‘goodbye’s, our, ‘everything will be alright’s, and boarded that bus. That is pretty insane to think about, that everyone who is here, be it a recruit, a Company Commander, an Executive Officer or Admiral went out of their way and volunteered to be here. That is something to be proud of and no matter how frustrated we have gotten at each other, or at our Company Commanders or whoever over the last 7 weeks, you have to respect that they went to MEPS, they took the oath they said goodbye and they willingly boarded that bus. Reminding yourself of that, you actually feel good about being here, despite all of the hardships.

In 5 days our training concludes. Bravo Company has been really on point this week and we have earned the most ribbons you can as a company. We passed our Seamanship final with an average score of 92.7%; we passed our final exam with a 90% average, and passed our manual-of-arms and close-order-drill demonstration with a 10/10 and an 8.5/10 respectively. We have some great momentum going into week 8 are keen and eager to join the fleet. Week 8 will have its own trials, but as long as we stay focused, keep our mouths shut and right shoulder to the bulkhead we will get to graduation in no time. Aye Aye Shipmate?!

-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.