Bravo 195 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Bravo 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Aug 29, 2017

Graduates: October 20, 2017


For Bravo 195 Graduation Program: Will be posted Thursday afternoon in the Week 7 Blog

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Under the “Graduation Date” Tab you will be able to find the Graduation Program  !!!!!!

Hello loved ones of BRAVO-195,


It has been an unexplainably long 07 weeks. We’ve come from holding our canteens to our pieces to now our colors and showing them off proudly. We took our last tests this week and scored very well. Our average final exam score was a 90% and our Close Order Drill and Manual of Arms score were 08/10 and 09/10 respectively. For those of you who probably don’t know, Close Order Drill is that fancy marching you see on TV and Manual of Arms is looking cool while playing with the M-16 piece. But I’m sure after 07 weeks you would much rather hear about all of our stories and not scores on tests. Like the time one recruit woke up thinking he was late so he got dressed as fast as he could and ran to where he thought he was supposed to be only to realize it was 0130 and not 0530. Not trying to rat anyone out but it definitely wasn’t the historian. Then there was the time in the early weeks that a recruit had to run in circles around the squad bay with a performance tracker sticking out of his pants yelling “Boom, look at this” because the draw string was showing from his shorts. If you’re curious, yes, most of us have had to hold a mattress over our heads and it wasn’t fun. You see we must have been taught something wrong somewhere. Along the line we got mixed up because every time Petty Officer Abascal says something will be fun, it never is. He’ll say “Hey Seaman Recruit Banka, do you want to do something fun?” and of course I want to say no, but adding fuel to his fire might burn the barn down so I yell yes. Then he’ll get that Grinch looking smile as the theme song play in the background from what I assume is Petty Officer Madrid holding a boom box and Petty Officer Abascal will say “Very well, grab your mattress.” Not. Fun.

But we have done actual fun things too; such as debriefs. A debriefing is when a Company Commander sits down with all of us at the time and talks to us like normal people. It’s given us a chance to get to know them as people and not just the monster squad from Space Jam. They really are great mentors and teachers. You would never be able to tell that most of them are new Company Commanders unless you looked at their office right now, but I’ll let my shipmates fill you in on that later. They have taught us tons of lesson; like to be comfortable in the uncomfortable of times; and to keep your eyes in the boat, even if there is no boat; and you are just trying to eat that peanut butter and jelly sandwich that you’ve been looking forward to at every meal. Either way they help us get better every day and if this log sounds a bit more cheerful than the rest, it is because we finally got chocolate milk in the galley and some of us have been waiting almost 08 weeks for that. You learn to love the little thing here. This will also be my last blog as our time here finally, and I mean finally, ends. I want to take a moment to thank you all for your support of both myself and my shipmates. We could not have made it this far without you all. It truly has been a crazy ride for BRAVO-195.


This is BRAVO-195, Out.


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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