Bravo 193 Recruit Journal Week 05



Bravo 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 14, 2016

Graduates: August 5, 2016


Week 05 Summary-17JUL16


This week meant more to Bravo than any other painful week that we have overcome here in Cape May. For many reasons, but the most stressful part of this week was that it was Search and Rescue week. There was no searching or rescuing involved, but the hustle to get from point A to point B was significantly shortened. We had to wake up, throw on our operational dress uniforms, and be lined up ready to step off for chow in less than 10 minutes. Also to throw in that we had to take morning muster and be looking top notch with perfect sleeve rolls and not looking like we just rolled out of bed wrinkles. As you can imagine, we messed up on multiple occasions and received our deserving M-16 Rifle Sniper holds or other fun games that our Company Commanders love so dearly. The games continued throughout the week that turned into sweat baths and body odor chambers out on the quarter deck. Our Section Commander came through our squad bays and destroyed people’s racks that were unsat and or was having problems with everyday adapting to boot camp resulting in 1/3 of Bravo with beautiful red probation belts around their waist. Bravo looked like superman out there marching due to the fact that 2/3 had on all blue and the red belts were marching in the back since they aren’t allowed to march with the actual company. This week meant more to each and every one of us though because we received our orders! Not only did we receive them, but we were able to speak to you and warm our hearts so much. Some recruits got their dream jobs in Florida Keys, Hawaii, or Alaska, however, some did not get so lucky. As happy or sad as we are about our orders, we are more than excited to see exactly how our next adventure plays out. Our company mentor Rear Admiral Nunan came to speak with us and treated us with some delicious cookies that she may or may not have snuck in to talk about our orders. This was a major relief to some to hear about what type of cutter or small boat station they will actually be stationed on and her experience. We also received our 2nd pennant for our guidon by signing up and donating blood to the American Red Cross. This was quite a pain, but for a great cause and a break from sweating. They also treated us with juice, cookies, and popcorn, which were devoured as soon as they set it on the table. Sadly, we weren’t able to do the obstacle course or the company run due to the heat conditions, however, we are waiting for the next cool break. We are coming together in brute strength, teamwork, and our overall performance. Bravo is looking like a senior company and fighting for our colors day in and day 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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