Bravo 196 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Bravo 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 1, 2018

Graduates: June 22, 2018


“I’m goin’ to Boston!” Seaman Recruit Ulmer proudly pronounced to Bravo Company as the fading note of the large brass bell he had rung faded into the depths of the regiment. This was supposed to be a somewhat formal event- recruits getting their orders, then yelling their destination at the top of their lungs, but as usual Bravo-196 made it our own. We stood in formation for what seemed like half the day getting sun tans, bug bites, and the assurance that we would some day be leaving Training Center Cape May (our condolences to Shipmate Hoffman, who received his orders to Cape May, New Jersey). The phone calls home to report our duty stations were full of emotion and not nearly long enough. But Bravo-196 will continue onto its final goal of graduating June 22 with full awards, two of which we already received for uniform and squadbay inspection.

It is quite the site a sight to see the recruits in Healy Hall snap into action when given orders to clean the squadbay – like clockwork , everyone assumes their positions swabbing, dusting, wiping, and a little motivational yelling. To see the once unkempt wrinkly recruits of Bravo in this state would make one believe in miracles.

The uniform inspection was slightly more tense. With our blouses held high about our waists to expose our belt lines, our Section Commander, Chief Milligan, prowled up and down the formation like a cross between a silverback gorilla and a jungle cat. While only a few belts were found to be inside out, Chief Milligan dished out probation belts and mattress-over-the-head sentences like they were going out of style.

While this happened early Monday morning Bravo had soon made a full recovery with the help of our mentor, LCDR Russell. He was by far the favorite visitor of the week after walking into the classroom with 02 full trays of cookies. Having not earned our desserts privileges in the galley yet, these would be some of the first sweets Bravo recruits have come into contact with in over a month. He managed to answer every conceivable question about duty stations, from what brand of shoes to bring, to how one would transition from the Coast Guard to being an astronaut.

Bravo Company has received a second wind from earning our orders and will use this energy succeed at arms training in week 06. Bravo will be trading in its rubber simulation M-16 for live rounds this coming week. An off-base run will hopefully occur Sunday after divine hours- Bravo will showcase it’s athleticism and cadence calling for the residents of Southern New Jersey. We will also be rolling into week 06 with full drink privileges – orange juice has never tasted so good.

Bravo Company’s art team is hard at work every night drawing concepts for comical depictions of the company and its company commanders.

Bravo-196 continues to grow faster and louder as a company. Being issued our dress blues this week, the reality of graduation is finally setting in. We hope to avoid growing complacent in our senior weeks and finish out boot camp with full honors.


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.