Bravo 196 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Bravo 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 1, 2018

Graduates: June 22, 2018


Bravo-196 Week 03 Summary


“Holy cow that was loud Bravo”! Is a phrase that rings through the ears of every recruit on this mild Saturday night. For the first time since May 1st, Bravo-196 has been praised as a company. It took hundreds of Fire drills, Canteen lifts, and pushups. But for the first time something has clicked with Bravo Company. The phrase we so often chant, “I need to move faster, I need to get louder” has finally been realized as a recipe for success in boot camp. With the highest stakes approaching in week 04, Bravo-196 hopes to ride this wave of success in meeting its new challenges. The mid-term, physical fitness test on this coming Wednesday has recruits going for that extra helping of veggies in the galley, embracing every company commander led exercise/punishment, and even skipping out on their nightly issued dessert pastries. Two days later, the midterm test will be held, quizzing our knowledge of the Coast Guard thus far. You will find recruits quizzing each other at every available instance, from the head to in-line at the galley, inevitably whispering key elements of Coast Guard knowledge. Bravo-196 is excited to continue learning practical ad applicable skills. Bravo company got its feet wet (pun intended) in its first true technical class in week 03: seamanship training. Adorned in blue camo wind breakers to combat the unexpected yet severe cold front. Bravo made its seaside march down to the classroom just outside of the main campus. It is a large, cozy, wooden room filled with every conceivable knot and line draped on the walls. We learned both rudder commands and knot tying. A few prodigies among the group, SR Hedgepath who fished in the bearing sea and Iler, an Eagle Scout, were able to walk their shipmates through the complex knots. Everyone managed to pass their sailing and knot tying tests. Week 03 was made special by the arrival of Charlie Company, who are 02 weeks behind bravo. It was refreshing to hear yelling and not be on the receiving end of it for once. Everyone walked a little taller after seeing new recruits in Coast Guard sweats, wide-eyed and shaken, asking themselves why they got off the bus in the first place. Just down the hall from our squadbay, Charlie Company is a daily reminder of how far we’ve come from our week 01 roots. We will continue to improve in our training and our discipline as we become a more cohesive unit. The challenges in week 04 will be no match for the spirit of Bravo-196.


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.