Bravo 195 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Bravo 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Aug 29, 2017

Graduates: October 20, 2017

 

Dear family and friends. We have officially passed the halfway point. Unfortunately for us there’s no midseason All-Star break in recruit training. But if you ask our company commanders, none of us would be selected anyway. We picked up some steam since last week and even though we are moving at 05 mph we have gotten a lot done. We have taken a firefighter practical which is sure way to tell for those of us like myself that we never want to be fireman. We have also learned close order drill fancy marching and manual of arms how to look cool playing with a gun. Finally the height of our week was filling out our orders. Don’t worry parents, only about half of us made request for places far from home. Then there are the few outgoing recruits that want to go to Guam or as I like to call it the farthest place from training center Cape May as possible. We should receive our orders by the end of this week and the wait is already killing most of us. Don’t worry parents we should be able to call you once I receive them. They should sound less like the kidnap robot calls you received from our arrival.

In addition to all that we have learned we are taking baby steps forward to becoming a cohesive unit. It’s been a slow process but after holding a canteen over our heads together for all this time, we are growing closer. Outside of the classroom we are really starting to realize how many little things we take for granted. For example if you are reading this now while sitting down do us a favor and lean back. We have no idea what that feels like anymore, while I’m on the comfortable stuff one of the biggest things we all look forward to is the couch. I never thought out all of the things I would miss a piece of furniture would be on the top of the list. We all talk about the first thing we’re going to do when we get home. My personal favorite responses are: take a shower longer than 15 seconds.

As time goes on we are adapting to our new “temporary” home more and more. Our once rock hard racks beds have grown soft and our voices have grown louder. We still have a long long way to go but there are some big things to look forward to. In the coming weeks we will go through several inspections by some pretty scary people. We will receive our orders and contact our first units. Finally after all else we will graduate. Parents we are dying to see you all but we apologize in advance if we scream all our responses and never make eye contact. At this point, it’s just a force of habit.

 

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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