Bravo 193 Recruit Journal Week 02



Bravo 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 14, 2016

Graduates: August 5, 2016


BRAVO – 193





Week two here at Coast Guard Training Center has come to a close. It was a challenging and chaotic week. The atmosphere felt like that of a zoo. We were like a bunch of wild animals running around; trying to be tamed by the zoo keepers we call Company Commanders.

They’re teaching us everything they know, striving to turn us into great Coast Guardsmen. Lessons have included marching, close order drill, class lectures, and intensive physical training. They are working us to the bone, day in and day out. Blood, sweat and tears are being shed on the paths we walk here. We are trying so hard to work together, while facing our challenges head on. We may lose nine out of ten battles, but to win the war; we have to cross the stage.

Week two felt like an eternity. The minutes went slow, except during chow times where they would fly by. Screaming could be heard all around the regiment, wherever Bravo company went. The screaming wasn’t us though; it was us being yelled at. The kinks are still being worked out.

We are learning a whole new lifestyle. It’s not an easy thing to turn a regular civilian into a military member. It requires being taught things like self discipline, self awareness, military bearing, customs and courtesies. This is the foundation needed to build off of, which is what they are trying to do. If we lay the foundation in week two and shuck out our old civilian habits, we will be able to stand proud as members of the armed forces.

Bravo is nervous going into week three. This is where the heat really picks up. Watch standing will begin, there will be more hands-on classes, and the company commanders are really going to bring the heat. They will put the pressure on us recruits, to test our knowledge so far and see if we are progressing along or still trying to grasp the concept.

Attention to detail is a huge thing here. The smallest thing can determine life or death once we are out in the fleet. We are training to save, to serve, and to protect the entire United States coast, the great lakes, and some areas abroad.

We have lost about fifteen recruits up to this point. We don’t want to lose anymore. We are here for each other because that’s all we have. The will power and drive within us will keep us from giving up, no matter what it takes. Getting thru one day is an accomplishment, let alone two weeks. It’s like we’ve just conquered Mount Rushmore.

As we look forward to what the upcoming weeks will bring us, we need to also look back at the accomplishments we have made thus far. We are still working on the big picture goal. However, every hurdle jumped should be appreciated.
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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