Bravo 197 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Bravo 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jan 08, 2019

Graduates: Mar 01, 2019

26JAN19 summary

As March 1st grows ever nearer, Bravo-197 has completed yet another week of recruit training. As we wipe sweat off our brow, reflecting on the past week, we can’t help but marvel at how fast it has gone by. For a wee that was absolutely jam packed with classes and P.T., the days melted into one another. The week passed in the blink of an eye. The highlight of the week- and of all of recruit training thus far was our seamanship classes. It goes without saying that recruit training here at Cape May is difficult, but this past week has been the most enjoyable for Bravo, entirely thanks to those classes. We now know the proper use and application for military jargon, trained on a simulator where we were given orders to steer a cutter. Studied various helm commands and just added on to the ever increasing mountain of knowledge we have to tackle. This barrage of information isn’t for nothing however. Bravo-197 will be facing our midterm exam in the coming days of week 04. As the culmination of everything we’ve been taught so far, the whole company is studying every available second of the day to try and ensure we all get the highest marks possible.


However, this week wasn’t just all fun in games down at seamanship. Our company commanders placed a heavy emphasis on the physical aspects of training like chief LaKose told us earlier this week, we’re going to leave this place with shoulders the size of coconuts! And we believe him. It seems like holding a canteen over our heads has become a found past time for Bravo company. We’re also super skilled at holding our pieces in sniper position- our newest party trick. All jokes aside though, Bravo is finally making footfall in the right direction. We’re getting louder, faster and stronger with each passing day.


It’s shocking to us that even in week 03, we’re already preparing for our graduation in March. Throughout the week, we’ve been working on all of our Manual of Arms and Close order drill movements. Preparing for the day, many weeks ahead, where our knowledge will be tested to determine whether or not we earn off base liberty.


Everything out company commanders teach us individually, they display a part of themselves that was previously hidden. This time spent with us makes them more relatable, and provides valuable insight to what the Coast Guard is like.



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.