Bravo 193 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Bravo 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 14, 2016

Graduates: August 5, 2016

Coast Guard Recruit Company Bravo 193 Graduation Program
Week 07 Summary

 

Courage, heart, and dedication is the new game Bravo plays. Without these, we could not be what we are today: The Senior Company. This week marked the final step in our transformation from civilian to loud, proud, wicked fast Coastie recruit. When we marched this week, we held our heads up high and raised our combined voices in cadence proclaiming “Bravo Company is the best.”

Early this week we wrapped up our seamanship classes with a final and a competition amongst our shipmates to determine our seamanship award winner. All participants competed to the bitter end, but there could only be one master of the skills, we had worked so hard to perfect. This week was not just the wrap up of seamanship, but it also included numerous challenges such as our close order drill final, final academic exams, and our company weigh-ins. In all of these categories Bravo exceeded expectations and received new additional pennants for our guidon. We proudly march this guidon as a badge of honor to show the regiment. Bravo can finally see the end of the tunnel this week. With the graduation of Alpha Company, we are the example of the regiment. We must always be louder, faster, smarter-in short, the best.

Being the fastest and smartest has its benefits. We were able to earn our off-base liberty, rewarded with 11 hours off base. We were presented with opportunities of going to a boardwalk, touring Cape May, or even seeing the latest movies. This was a time to relax and really get to know the people you’ve been with for the past six weeks. The best part was the people in the surrounding cities. People from all over were waiving to recruits, thanking them for joining, and even presenting them with personal experiences. This really made Bravo-193 take pride in what they were doing.

The most meaningful words of the week came from our Assistant Company Commander, Chief Impey: “If you’re still here, you’ve earned the right to be in Bravo Company.” After hearing this and going into week 08, we are refreshed and more headstrong than ever. Passing our midterms and earning on base liberty, helped build more motivation to finish strong, going into week 08. For many, this is something we have anxiously awaited for since rushing off the bus in week 01. Off-base is not just a time to de-stress from the labors, but a time to prove we can maintain proper bearing and respect when representing the Coast Guard in public. With week 07 coming quickly to a close, our eyes are set on the next prize: Graduation. This will mark the beginning of our professional careers in the United States Coast Guard. Many of us have grown close in this time and established one thing for certain. No matter where we report to next, we will always be family. We will always be Bravo-193.

-SR Mildorf

 

 

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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