Bravo 197 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Bravo 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jan 08, 2019

Graduates: Mar 01, 2019


Week 05 Summary for Bravo-197

Week 05 was a transformative one for Bravo-197. In the Helmsman, the handbook issued to all recruits prior to boot camp, Week 05 is allegedly the week where stress levels drop. The Historians writing this entry can now confirm this is a bold faced lie. This week was an uptick in pressure and responsibility which starts before dawn. Week 05 is “SAR (search and rescue) Week”. During SAR Week the entire company is expected to wake up and within a minute of the lights coming on line taking muster. Next we must don our uniforms, double time to the galley, get in to formation and get inside the galley for chow. All within 15 minutes of waking up. With that setting the tone, Week 05 was anything but calm. Bravo became the senior company on the Regiment with Alpha’s graduation this week. With that comes more duties and a ton more responsibility. One of our more significant roles has been as mentors. This week Bravo Company was given the opportunity to train Echo Company, the newest company on the Regiment, in rack making, incentive training and a whole host of other things they will need to be successful. We hope this will set our future shipmates up well and we wish them the best. Bravo’s Colors Team also got to train Charlie Company on one of the regiment’s most visible jobs. While all jobs are important, Colors comes with a bit more pressure. If Laundry Detail screws up, they will likely get yelled at and sweat a bit. If Colors makes a mistake, it impacts the functioning of the entire base. There was a lot of pride in showing Charlie how it’s done. (Even though we were quietly terrified knowing that Captain Gibbons was in attendance) This week was also packed full of learning. Bravo received many classes and much practical training. On subjects relevant to our future in the Coast Guard, one of our favorites was receiving our dress uniforms and getting them fitted. Everyone enjoyed putting on their “Bravos”, even our shipmates who don’t know how to tie a Double Windsor tie knot! Another classic was the survival float, where the company has to put on a Mustang Suit- basically a hybrid of a clown suit and straightjacket- and float around the poll in formation. This was by far the most relaxing training Bravo has received yet. At least the company stayed awake…we think. Bravo also completed our Company Blood Drive which felt very rewarding. This was both because of the work of the Red Cross helping local clinics but also because we got candy! Finally, Bravo was able to end our suspense for the largest announcement of boot camp, our orders to our first duty station. We are thrilled (some more than others) to know where we get to start serving our Country after we leave Cape May. Some are moving families, pets and possessions, while for many it will be their first time living on their own. Our CCs turned human for a few moments to celebrate our assignments (and make a few jokes at our expense). No matter where we are going next, we know that Bravo will be ready!


“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.