Bravo 196 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Bravo 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 1, 2018

Graduates: June 22, 2018


Bravo-196 practiced its manual of arms movements outside. Our moves continue to get faster and more in-sync after so many grueling hours of practice in preparation for the manual arms test with our Section Commander. During this test, he will decide the fate of Bravo’s Off-base liberty privileges. On a lighter note, Bravo got its first taste of liberty with Saturday’s On-base liberty, which was similar to a five hour talk-a-thon; parents, grandparents, grandparents, friends, cousins, distant relatives, classmates, acquaintances, enemies – anyone and everyone who had a minute to spare was called once we received our cell phones back for those five short hours. Its amazing how much one comes to appreciate the simple act of conversation when every other word spoken is at a screaming volume and often in the push up position. Pounds of candy and junk food were bought at the newly accessible exchange store. Like little kids in a candy store, anything that remotely caught the eye or had a shiny wrapper was taken off the shelf and purchased. Earlier in the week, Bravo proved its worth on the shooting range by scoring well enough to earn the marksmanship pennant. The bus rides to and from the range were the icing on the cake, soft seats, air conditioning, and zero threat of incentive training gave us all the break we’ve been needing. As excited as we were to see the new sights of South New Jersey, naps took priority, and the company returned refreshed. Plans continue to get sorted out for our stations and units as recruits contact their future chains of command. The reality of becoming real coast guardsmen is slowly sinking in as we buy plane tickets and search for housing while the idea of ever leaving Cape May is still somewhat foreign to most of us. We believe that the brightest of futures awaits all of us. To finish off a productive and fine-tuning week 06, Bravo faced the confidence course. A series of obstacles set up in a classic obstacle course fashion, including hurdles, crab walks on raised logs, wall climbs, and the vertical rope climb as the finale. It has taunted us for weeks, being in eye-sight from the Healy Hall windows, with its towering obstacles. But today, we proved though determination and willpower, as well as a few encouraging chants from fellow shipmates, one can endure and triumph over and obstacle. While we know that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, Bravo company has shown that we strive to raise up every link in our company chain so that we might be truly stronger together and this mentality could not come a minute to soon, as Bravo prepares for a trial day with our new Battalion Commander. If Bravo, has learned anything over the course of this boot camp, its knowing when to lock it up and focus on the task at hand. When the challenges come in week seven, we will, as always, be ready.


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.