Bravo 195 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Bravo 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Aug 29, 2017

Graduates: October 20, 2017


B195 Week 03 Summary


Hello parents, family and friends. If you were wondering, no, boot camp hasn’t gotten any better. We are now accepting as a company generous donations of the following items; shoulders (ours have fallen off due to holding heavy things out in front of us), vocal cords, (we have screamed them into nothing but loose threads), legs, (we run everywhere and stand in place for long periods of time), and of course brains, (apparently we have none). Any of these would be greatly appreciated and please hurry before out company commanders find out!

This week we began our seamanship training which marks the beginning of our road to the fleet. We learned how to operate a helm, so one day we can sail far far away from here. We learned to stand lookout so we can spot our sometimes silent but always deadly Company Commanders before they tear us in half. Finally we learned to tie knots, which means I can untie the one that my stomach is in every time a Company Commander points to the deck and says “PUSH!” We actually feel like fully qualified Coast Guard men and women at this point! …….just kidding…

But yet again we find ourselves making the same mistakes, as Chief Lynch says “If one of you is wrong all of you are wrong!” As we still learn how to speak properly, move faster and most importantly how to get louder our Company Commanders are there every step of the way. (Actually I don’t think they ever go home.) Each with their own unique style to get us where we need to be.

Overall week 03 has been yet another rough week. For all of us this is the hardest thing that we have ever done and probably will be as we continue through our lives. We are a sweaty mess 24/7, we are constantly put under a microscope only to be inches from a Company Commanders screaming face when we mess up (which we do A LOT!). Our bodies ache and most of us are sick as dogs. But deep down we believe this is why we are here. Because if it is this hard that means that life in the Coast Guard must be worth it. Also we are the ones that signed up for this! But mainly the first part is what keeps us going.




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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