Bravo 197 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Bravo 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jan 08, 2019

Graduates: Mar 01, 2019




As surreal as it seems, Bravo 197 has made it to the halfway point. The end of week 04. We have added some new faces and lost some shipmates, but a smaller Bravo-197 has staggered through a humbling week with a few big victories to show for it. As we celebrate the passing of another week on our journey, we realize that the stakes will only continue to rise. There is no room for complacency, which is a truism of life in the Coast Guard at large. This very busy week began with bravo being split into two companies for many of our tasks on the training schedule. Both “port” and “starboard” companies now march themselves around the regiment with their own respective guideons. While Bravo “took some L’s” this week, we also had many triumphs to celebrate. The first big morale boost of the week involved the outside work (sometimes we don’t know a lot about here on the regiment!) and the end of the government shutdown. This translated into something much simpler: bravo’s first paychecks! For almost the whole company, this was our first military paycheck, and for several of our younger shipmates, the first paychecks of their careers. Meanwhile, back in our world, Bravo had our official military portraits taken! This was another moment where we knew we were making progress on our journey. While most of our shipmates don’t yet have their dress uniforms, that was nothing a lot of excitement and a few fake ties couldn’t fix. As Bravo becomes the second-most senior company on the regiment, our responsibilities increase in proportion. We are not responsible for standing watch in multiple buildings, morning and evening colors, and many other regimental duties. We have also started to see a focus on our life after boot camp. The Coast Guard has really “hooked us up”, giving us classes on the housing, travel, and family relocation benefits. One skill that we will need in the fleet is firefighting. The company took our firefighting practical, which was easily our most exciting test yet. Fatiguing, stressful, and a dose of reality, we came out of the exam with a renewed respect for the duties of this job. The biggest milestone Bravo hit this week was the Mid-term and the submission of our dream sheets. The whole company is holding a collective breathe to find out where we will be going.


“Eyes in the Boat Bravo-197”

SR Bates and SR Bosque


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.