Bravo 197 Recruit Journal Week 07

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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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While we are keenly aware of the fact that we have 01 weeks left, the end is in sight, and Bravo is sprinting to the finish.


The company is marching around the regiment with our heads held high knowing that we have had to earn every day of the past 07 weeks. Bravo is lifted by the many victories we have found in our final full week on the regiment.


The week began with a number of classes, including Line Handling – our finals class at seamanship, and the ensuing practical exam. While “Line Handling” may not be a daunting title for a class, there is a lot to heaving lines and mooring up ships. Naturally, Bravo had to do it the hard way (Just ask OS1 Repasi), and took our line handling practical outside in the middle of Cape May’s first snowstorm in weeks.Bravo-197 Persevered, however, and every member of the company passed the practical. Back inside Webber Hall, we also took the seamanship final, which was the culmination of many classes throughout the last 04 weeks. Seamanship, and our lead instructor, BM2 Ruffenach, have been a highlight for Bravo throughout training. Clearly, we were paying attention. Bravo scored 94.8%, easily clearing the threshold of 92% to earn the seamanship pennant. Adding that to our guide-on felt great for Bravo. We also held a competition for the individual seamanship award, which was won after a flurry of trivia and knot-tying by shipmate Kelley, who earned a marlinspike knife out of the deal.


As the week progressed, we took our course in CPR/First Aid, and were examined and certified the following day. Of course, this was taught by HS1 Heinz (now HSC Heinz), whose frocking ceremony we got to attend on Friday. It was special for Bravo to help celebrate a company mentor, who is now the only female chief on base!


We also signed our official orders this week, further solidifying our entrance into the fleet, and a reminder of all that the Coast Guard will expect of us and entrust us with in just a matter of days. The academic week concluded on Friday with the final exam. Confident in our knowledge, Bravo knocked it out of the park. Every member of the company passed on their first attempt, earning Bravo the coveted Academic Pennant.


Friday continued as a big day. Next was the Manual of Arms/Close-Order Drill test, in front of the section commander, DCC Wheeley. Bravo has been working hard on our Manual of Arms, led by AMT2 Simpson. That hard work paid off, as we aced the test with a perfect score! Bravo marched back to the house with our heads high, and the Section Commander pennant hanging from our guide-on.


Later that day, the company participated in our “capping Ceremony”. This was an emotional event that helped signify our transition from recruits to non-rates. We were marched by ET1 Fortenberry to the regimental flagpole, where our CCs gave us a speech about our changing roles on the regiment and our future roles in the fleet. We then ceremonially (and with a lot of velocity) took our recruit caps off and threw them on the ground, replacing them with our official Coast Guard caps. We also raised the Bravo flag, which will remain over the regiment until we graduate.


After a full week 07, Bravo rests for the night with a guide-on heavy with award pennants and hearts full of pride.


We have unfinished business, but are ready to work each of our remaining days in Cape May, and prove ourselves worthy of the flag that now flies over the regiment.


“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.