Bravo 193 Recruit Journal Week 03


Bravo 193 Recruit Journal

Formed:  June 14, 2016

Graduates:  August 5, 2016

Bravo is setting records here at Cape May; we have been labeled as the worst company seamanship has ever seen. That didn’t go over too well with our Company Commanders. On top of us all being pushed to our breaking points during incentive training sessions and getting walked around the regiment as if we were preschoolers, our squad leaders are taking the heat for our shortcomings. We aren’t able to carry our own weight and we are still failing on almost every level possible.

It feels as if we are getting worse at even the simplest things we were taught during indoctrination weekend. The company altogether did almost or close to 2000 push-ups this week. We were told in the beginning that we if we did not want to be the smartest, loudest, or the fastest company, we would be made the strongest company to graduate Cape May.

It felt like we started the week off on the right foot, but somewhere between Tuesday and Thursday we began a downward spiral. All of the things that we were doing wrong kept piling up and compounding. We would have the slate wiped clean and get a fresh start only to make the same mistake or another one ten minutes later. Then we’d have to pay the price for that one.

Three weeks have come and passed by and we are almost half way there. There will be more key lessons in week four that we’ll need to complete properly in order to move on in training. We all thought week two would go down in the books as the hardest, but week three sure had a nail-bitter finish. Any free time in our schedule Friday and Saturday was spent doing some sort of physical training, cleaning up a mess that was left for us, or taking something apart that we completed earlier only to have to work on it again at a later time.

They are testing our strength and drive at every angle possible. They want to see if we cave under the pressure and/or stress. They’re testing our will power to fight thru the pain of burning, sore muscles. There are no rest days here, we’re constantly being worked. Early morning wake-up calls and sleepless nights are all part of what it is like to be in training here. We are constantly fighting to stay awake in class, because we know that anyone who falls asleep or dozes off a little is a dead man. Perception equals reality. So, if it can be perceived that eyes might have been closed for that split second, then there was sleeping.

I believe that Bravo-193 will finally get the picture and get their act together. Hopefully it comes sooner rather than later, because confrontations are arising and people are being called out on the spot for not giving it everything they have. We were asked to do just one thing, to give 100% motivation and dedication to everything we do here.

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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