Bravo 195 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Bravo 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Aug 29, 2017

Graduates: October 20, 2017




Hello again parents and loved ones. By the time this gets posted you will have probably spoken to most of us. If our voices sounded raspy and our faces looked like they don’t feed us don’t worry. It just means that we are working hard. I speak for the company when I say that seeing your faces and hearing your voices was a huge moral boost for us. At this point our phones felt like something from the future. It’s kind of like we all came to boot camp and aged into every grandparent ever that has to ask where the power button is. If you couldn’t tell in our phone calls we have come together in leaps and bounds as a company. I mean, you have to figure after 06 weeks of doing pushups next to the same people, you’re gonna bond at some point.

This leads me to our biggest news of the last week. After all of our hard work, bonding, and dedication Bravo-195 has officially earned our colors. Our Company Commanders brought us out onto the beach and put us through a nice summer in October incentive training session. Then, as the wash soaked our feet and Petty Officer Abascal gave his best movie speech about our new home at sea, we turned around to see that bright red Bravo flag waving proudly. Our Company Commanders love to call us barnyard animals for a number of reasons, but when we saw that flag we ran and screamed like the barn was on fire. It was one of our prouder nights. Our most proud night.

Our work here is not over though. We continue to practice our craft day in and day out. Striving for the next borderline nuts time objective set by our Company Commanders. If we thought training would get easier by now we were unsurprisingly wrong. Just before our off base liberty we hit the bikes for “La Tour de Training Center Cape May”. We spent an hour and a half constantly pedaling and most of us burned just about 1,000 calories. But if we lost all those calories then they must be gear adrift. So like any good Coast Guardsman we resupplied with all the candy we could stomach. Some of us may regret that choice later but I’m sure we’ll get the chance to lose them again. It goes without saying, we are nearing the end of our time here and we all are looking forward to marching that parade field in less than 02 weeks but the important thing is that we stay focused. We hope to see you all soon, new, improved, and hopefully less sweaty than we usually are.


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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