Bravo 193 Recruit Journal Week 04



Bravo 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 14, 2016

Graduates: August 5, 2016



Week 04 Summary


With the summer heat upon us in Cape May, the sweat sessions, mental fatigue, stress, and homesickness worsened. Our typical sweat still rained down, but there was a turning point which made this week special. We began to nail time objectives with a few mishaps ever so often, passing mid terms, sunset parade march and ordering rings and graduation photos. This put a smirk on all our faces, but no way possible could we show it. We’d all be sweating on the quarterdeck yelling “Like moral responsibility…” from our 8 pound Coast Guardsman Manual out in front of us if we smirked just a bit. However, that smirk was shown in a different way by ear blaring sound offs, prouder marching, and coming together as a company. To start the week off, we march in the sunset parade and blown away by cannons. As the week progressed, our company split in two, to learn and fire the SIG P229R DAK .40 caliber pistol while the other half was stuck at the house doing whatever their training permitted. While learning and firing the pistol, we were able to escape the presence of the company commanders and relax and get away from here. Some of our recruits were qualified and 2 recruits, Seaman Recruit Kraushar and Seaman Recruit Davis, Spencer, received the Marksman Sharpshooter Award. Friday was the most stressful day for recruits by standing watch for Yankee’s graduation and our midterm. The watch consisted of standing outside, saluting or greeting guests and permanent party members. It doesn’t sound scary but doing everything with perfection and not messing up is nerve racking; knowing reversion or probation was the punishment. The midterm followed shortly after and was open notes, but the time concern got the blood pressure elevated. The males were given their second special Coast Guard haircut from the lovely ladies that treat your head as a rag doll. For an evening stress relief Chief Robertson let us do our first company run as a whole. Our run sounded like a heard of Clydesdales with our feet but a flock of parrots with our sounding off of “Lefty, Righty, Looo!” This continued on for 2.5 miles, because we simply couldn’t wait for Chief Robertson to finish his whole cadence, but practice makes perfect for the company run on Sunday. Today’s divine hours was perfect to get our uniforms ready for inspection this week, catch up on mail, finish racks, and polish our boondockers. In what sounds to be a long week of training flew by like the other weeks of training. We are beyond ecstatic to hear our family’s voices and inform them of where we will be stationed, but will have to wait until later on in the week to do that. Until then, we are striving to be the loudest, fastest, and best looking company in Cape May!



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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