Bravo 196 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Bravo 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 1, 2018

Graduates: June 22, 2018


Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

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


To view the Graduation Live: Time: 1100 AM

The live stream of the graduations are viewed by going to the training center’s Facebook page at


*It should be noted that the live streams are a courtesy and not a guarantee. There could be technical issues or resource availability issues that would interfere with the stream. The live streams are not intended to be high definition productions of the graduation ceremonies.


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Week Ø2 ended as appropriately as it could have for company Bravo-196 chanting “I will carry the weight” while tossing sea bags down a stretch of concrete a quarter mile long, an impending thunderstorm and heavy wind loomed on the horizon. Perhaps it was a prophetic sign of things to come in week Ø3 with more duties like watchstanding and laundry crew, more responsibilities, and more information to memorize, Bravo-196 is in for a high force wind of sweat, tears, and our night chewy grain bars. Whatever it may be, Bravo-196 Company is up for the challenge. The information and drilling that has been cemented in our heads from week Ø2 will pave the way for further success in the next week, all summed up in the phrase, “I need to get louder, I need to get faster” – a saying many recruits are known to mumble in their sleep due to the muscle memory of repetition (this phrase is especially convincing while holding a full canteen above your head).

Another motivating factor of week Ø2 has been the many mentors and teachers Bravo-196 has encountered; from a Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander and pilot to the kindly chaplain that is Father Brown. These experienced leaders have given us glimpses into what our futures hold and just how bright they can be. They have offered us a few hours of solace in between the chaos of boot camp to re-align our minds with the ultimate goal of becoming members of the Coast Guard (not to mention, Father Brown keeps us updated on all playoff and sports scores so his presence is especially appreciated).

Our first mail call of boot camp left many on the verge of tears after reading notes from loved ones and seeing pictures from back home – one can tell that Bravo-196 is getting closer by the day because no one tried to hide their moments of weakness, but rather embraced them and comforted each other about being so far away from home. It was a time warp moment to see 8Ø men so invested in short, personal letters in this age of cell phones and constant communication. Every letter received by a recruit is infinitely precious, so please keep sending them! If you don’t receive anything in return, don’t fret – it just means we are especially busy with training. Your support is often the crutch we need to remind ourselves why we started this journey in the first place.

WeekØ2 has begun our trek into the real world responsibilities of being a Coast Guardsman, with everyday Bravo-196 is getting smarter, faster, and louder ( and quieter when it’s necessary). The road to graduation will be long and arduous, but this groups spirit will not be denied.


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.