Bravo 196 Recruit Journal Week 04

International Maritime Signal Flag Bravo

Bravo 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 1, 2018

Graduates: June 22, 2018




Bravo-196 concluded its 4th week in training with a company run on a beautiful Saturday evening, set to the new tune of double time cadence. “Left-right, lefty right ahh le-eft”, sang the recruits, all smiling from ear to ear. Our voices have grown louder, footsteps more in sync, and minds more in-tune with the flow of Cape May. Tasks are becoming muscle-memory through repetition and diligence. While are faults are becoming fewer and far between, but don’t let me lead you astray; we have a long way to go. Our amazing group of recruit petty officers are beginning to understand every facet of their jobs, from watch coordinator to Laundry captain, we are a fully functioning community every recruit playing a unique role. Yeoman the most essential yet underappreciated position in any company, are the gasoline that keeps the engine of Bravo-196 running.

All the positions are falling in place as we face our hardest challenge yet: week 05, search and rescue week. Anyone who is not up to speed will be held back for further training. This means that every aspect of bravo life must be done faster and more efficiently, from making our racks to brushing our teeth. Some will be held back, but most of us will push through and endure the upcoming challenges. Uniform inspections are the hot topic of the week: It would be difficult to find a group of young adults who have toiled over one single uniform the way Bravo has. Every spare moment is spent shinning boots, clipping threads, or ironing uniforms. Monday morning with our inspection ready uniforms on we will show our company commanders the true meaning of squared away!

Bravo -196 had some excellent and memorable moments with a variety of instructors this week. Our last visit from father brown was bittersweet as he gave us what seemed to be every sports and news update that had happened in the week. It’s amazing how interesting a stock price can be when you have been away from entertainment for so long. We are sad to see him go and will miss him dearly.

Another breathtaking experience occurred in class of the company’s favorite instructor, Petty Officer Brooks. We suited up in full firefighting gear: fire suit, boots, respirator, and signature red fire helmets. As we waddled into a smoke filled simulation room. With a visibility of just a few feet, recruits used their training and followed the fire hose to the simulation fire. Assuming a single file position with shipmates squatting over the hose. As petty Officer Brooks belted out commands like “Single-stream” and “V-stream”. Recruits belted the 16-bit TV fire with immensely powerful water force. It brought a new appreciation of the grimy and


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.