Bravo 193 Recruit Journal Week 06


Bravo 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 14, 2016

Graduates: August 5, 2016


Bravo-193 Week 06 Summary


Blood, sweat, and pain have been Bravo’s founding fame, but this week was a little more than just that. Bravo was able to experience, for the first time, putting out simulated fires and throwing on all the firefighting equipment. Not a typical simulator, but a room smoke chambered, lights out, sirens blaring, and water going everywhere. The masks were fogging up, sweat was pouring from every square inch of our body and the adrenaline was pumping. Since we are now one of the senior companies sweat was the result of mistakes rather than performance trackers. This is no ordinary sweat, rather muscles ripping away from shoulder blades, blood vessels blowing out of our heads, and fingers about to fall off. It didn’t take many times of messing up to know that you don’t want to be in that boat again. As Chief Impey says “Self Discipline equals freedom” and that is exactly what happened this week. Bravo was governing each other and making sure every right foot hit the spot at the right time and that does not only include marching. That saying, we were given a lot of freedom time to catch up on things we needed to do and start contacting our new units. Not only that freedom, but we began to sing cadences while marching from the galley and around the regiment to show everyone who the new senior company is. On Friday, we started practicing our manual of arms test and other company commanders reported that we were goofing off. End Result, Chief Robertson had a special discipline set aside for us. He ran us down ½ mile dirt road which leads to the ocean. As soon as we got to the opening, Chief Impey and Petty Officer Hawkins were there waiting about to kill us. For our discipline, we had to do incentive training in the sand and got sugar cookied like nobody’s business. We were ordered to run down to the Ocean and stand in two lines, where Chief Robertson made us ponder our thoughts and introduced us to our new office. “It can be nice to you or tear you apart, but this is who you have to respect” said Chief Robertson. After his speech, we turned around and beat feet to where the Bravo flag stood tall and yelled war cries as we finally received our colors. As awesome as it was to receive our colors, we were then granted our on base liberty the following day and loaded up on chocolate and junk food to speak with our families. A long 6 weeks it has been waiting to see or talk to you over the phone, but the days are finally coming to a close. Bravo is ready for this backstretch and hitting it with an all out sprint to be the best company Cape May has ever seen.



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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