Bravo 197 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Bravo 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jan 08, 2019

Graduates: Mar 01, 2019


Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

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Bravo-197 Week 02 Summary


Our bodies are beaten, our minds are worn, but Bravo-197 is still marching forward. It is said that defeat is the greatest of all teachers, and we are in awe of what we will become by week 08. Week 02 has been a long test on our honor, respect, and devotion to duty, and yet our eyes are still in the boat. Week 02 marked the beginning of our journey on what it means to become Coast Guardsmen. What the recruits of Bravo-197 really appreciated about week 02 was the culmination of knowledge and wisdom passed on to us by our numerous teachers. Some honorable mentions for our classes this week go to ET1 Fortenberry, our lead Company Commanders, and Chief Lakose, one of our assistant Company Commanders. Their classes really struck a bell with us. Chief Lakose started the week off by breaking down what it truly means to become a Coast Guardsmen. It is one thing to open a study guide and simply read about the Core values, but it is another to hear about it from leadership perspective. Anytime that Petty Officer Fortenberry takes the podium, we all know that he is speaking from the heart, and he captures our undivided attention. His words and instruction always find a way to raise our morale, and each recruit benefits greatly from what he has to say. During a lesson today on Close Order Drill, he mentioned to us that he wants us to be the best company we can be, so we can carry ourselves with pride. This week also exacted a heavy physical toll on Bravo-197. The workouts are becoming ever-increasingly difficult, but with each passing “Incentive Training” session, we too become increasingly stronger. Our exercises also continue to grow in variety-we now perform various circuit routines, we’ve begun to incorporate our pieces, and we perform company runs with our Company Commanders. Physically, the biggest highlight of our week was the time we spent in the pool. It put us in the mindset of knowing that the Coast Guard is the premier military branch for water operations. We ended the week on a high note, meeting Master Chief Koch, one of the senior most enlisted personnel in all of the Coast Guard. He took the time out of his day to set us up for success. His demeanor displayed the love he has for the Coast Guard. Bravo-197 was loaded with questions, and he patiently and enthusiastically answered every single one, giving us hope for our own careers.

Throughout week 02, Bravo-197 definitely had its ups and downs, but we will never quit.

“Eyes in the Boat, Bravo-197”.


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.