Bravo 196 Recruit Journal Week 07

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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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Week 07 Summary


A burnt orange sunset settled over Cape May as Bravo Company recruits, fresh from off-base liberty, slowly drizzled through the front gate just in time for evening muster. Sporting their dress uniform and ruck sacks, satisfied smiles marched in small groups back to Healy Hall. Recounting a full day of sun, junk food, relaxation, copious amounts of coffee, and not a single company commander in sight. Many of us had problems returning to a normal way of behavior—fist were still clinched and along trouser seams, heels still naturally came together while standing, and the urge to sound off when spoken to was stronger than ever. However, Bravo Company found that it still knew how to have fun, and overall, experienced everything this side of New Jersey had to offer. Including being shot out of of a slingshot over the ocean, which a few shipmates were bold enough to try. Looking back on week 07, Bravo-196 proved that we are able to enjoy ourselves and accomplish great things at the same time.

Our week began with training in CPR and First aid from babies to adults, the recruits of Bravo are capable of sustaining and saving lives in the event of a medical emergency. Being in the gym during this training exercise, you would have thought you stumbled into the nation’s worst choir practice as recruits hummed/sang the tunes to “staying alive” and “another one bites the dust” to stay on tempo with the CPR drills. In reality, Bravo came one-step closer to becoming the certified lifesavers the Coast Guard expects us to be.

Next, Bravo tried its hand at practical line handling on board a simulated ship deck with the Coast Guard Auxiliary as instructors (One of them graduated boot camp in Tango-11, which was amazing to us all). Tossing monkey fists overboard and belting “Heads up on the pier”, among other things, gave us all a real glimpse into the life of a sailor. Shipmate Jones won the seamanship award with his ability to conjure knots out of thin air, or so it appeared.

Week 07 presented some of the toughest challenges yet in boot camp. We began with a uniform inspection, courtesy of the Battalion Officer. His sharp eyes were able to spot out dust and loose threads from a mile away. No one was safe from the critique of his inspection as he carefully strolled down the squads of nervous recruits. All silently praying that they would be passed in inspection without incident. Miraculously, we all made it out alive and intact, and learned a bit about to properly present ourselves to our shipmates and to the public.

Just as anxiety inducing but more performance based and with the help of our ability to collectively louder that anyone on the regiment, Bravo passed its Close Order Drill and Manual of Arms test with our Section Commander. Word soon got around the squadbay that Bravo’s Manual of Arms test could be heard all the way from the galley, which is half way across the regiment.

Finally, Bravo’s intellect was put to the test as we took our final exam. Every recruit in Bravo successfully passed with an average company score of 91 giving Bravo the academic award. Our pride grew each day seeing our pennant numbers grow as they fly freely from the Bravo guidon while we march. Possibly the most impressive achievement of this week, however, is that Bravo managed to pass the weigh-in while simultaneously earning dessert privileges in the galley. Meals are that much sweeter now that they are accompanied by the rich desserts the galley has to offer.

Week seven saw Bravo cement itself as not only the senior company on the regiment, but a standard to which all other companies will be measured to. Sure, Bravo has often had problems with unnecessary talking and joking throughout the weeks, but when duty calls, we have shown consistently that we are Semper Paratus—Always Ready. Before the last log of Bravo-196 is complete, the entire company wishes to thank every parent, relative, and friend that has stayed connected with Bravo-196. Whether it was through letters, Facebook, phone calls, or telepathic abilities, your support through this difficult journey has been a guiding and persistent force over the last 07 weeks. We truly thank you.


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.