Bravo 195 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Bravo 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Aug 29, 2017

Graduates: October 20, 2017


BRAVO-195 Week 05 Summary


As always, hello parents, friends, and families. It’s almost week 06 for Bravo 195 and we are making some headway as a company. By now we have learned pretty much everything about each other. For instance, everyone knows that our old guys are up way past their bed times and are not to be bothered. We also know our young guys can’t keep a straight face when our Company Commanders make their version of a joke. Also… we have the best historian on the regiment.

Enough about us, we’ve also come to know our Company Commanders pretty well also, let me introduce them to you…..

First is Petty Officer Madrid, he has an irrational phobia of untucked shoe laces that probably came from a long checkered past of tripping over them. Next is Chief VanderJagt, the only Company Commander who embodies the mood of a substitute teacher who never wants to be here.

Our third Assistant Company Commander is Chief Lynch who’s most powerful tool is to make a huge event about the smallest discrepancy and test our military bearing by trying not to laugh. For example, I made the rookie mistake of wearing what he called the “worst looking uniform in the history of Cape May” he said that they could power the training center with the energy given off by every former Coast Guard Hero rolling over in their graves.

Our last Assistant Company Commander is Chief Pullen. The best way to describe him is to imagine a pit-bull hopped up on a gallon of Red Bull having a really bad day. We pretty much sweat 24/7 when he is around. Our Lead Company Commander is Petty Officer Abascal. He is a great teacher who expects a lot of us but never hesitates to unleash the raging pit-bull or crush us himself. They know us pretty well by now also and they won’t tell me but I haven’t been fired so they must like the historian too.

The past week we spent a ton of time learning but out biggest news is receiving our orders. Yes, 98% of us had no idea there was a Coast Guard station in Wisconsin either but you learn something new every day. By now you have probably heard from us and if you haven’t you will soon. Hearing your voices has been very uplifting for us and reminds us graduation is not too far away. We will be going through a lot in the next few weeks both in the classroom and in the push-up position. We are still working very hard and even though no days are easy we are coming together as a team so we can get better each day.


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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