Bravo 194 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Bravo 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: January 31, 2017

Graduates: March 24, 2017



This week has been rough. Not because of the IT but because of all the slack this company has displayed. A lot has been going on. Coming out of Forming Week, I thought things were going to be the same. But everything changed Monday Week 02. Monday of Week 02 opened my uncultured eyes to the real world. I’m the type of person who likes to tell themselves “this is easy” but in this case, it isn’t. This training is hard. For the first time we had to adapt to a new location with new people learning and doing new things in a stressful environment. Our days start at 0530 and end at 2200. Those are consistent hours we are awake and feel every moment of it. Whistles, countdowns, screaming, and pure intensity all hit us at once. Tuesday came around and we were starting to get used to everything…I thought. We were woken up to whistles and IT. I honestly think the Company Commanders go home, think about how slow we are and wake up angry and IT us. The positive side of that is those thoughts go away quickly and we owe it to our Lead Company Commander and Assistant Company Commanders. They taught us in a matter of 02 weeks that everyone messes up. Deal with it and move on. I see why they do what they do. To make us better. We appreciate it more now than ever. Thursday was also piece pickup. That has been the highlight of my time here. My eyes have been opened a lot since being here. I’ve realized that although we were recruited separately, we are a team now whether we like it or not.



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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