Bravo 198 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Formed: October 01, 2019
Graduates: November 22, 2019

As week two of BRAVO-198’s stay at the all-inclusive resort Cape May, the young company can find it difficult to stop and reflect sometimes and ponder the wholesome moments that made this the “experience” it’s been. Wake ups, we soon learn, are not quite how one might remember them from back home. The starts to our day can typically be traced back to an alarm clock set to a shrill whistle and in the form of a Company Commander. For some reason someone always sets it to 0530.

However here’s the real fun hasn’t even started yet as the recruits get to participate in the ceremony known around these parts as FIRE! FIRE! FIRE! Where we would then proceed, with great haste, outside where our company then gets “smoked”. A series of thrilling exercises we perform outside. If that’s how you wake up at home I hope I didn’t alienate you.

After we clean up and head to chow, the say can take several different turns but they all typically consist of some standards. On a daily basis this past week BRAVO-198 has welcomed with open arms series of workout circuits in our gym class, lifting weights, running and a “splash” of swimming and plenty of smoke.

However here at camp we have learned over the past that to be a Coast Guardsman to be reckoned with, it’s important to break a mental sweat too. In fact some of our longest sessions as a company can be spent hitting the books. Lessons about how to identify ranks and rates, anti-terrorism and study of our Core Values are just a few of the many classes we have picked up at our time here.

I get that I may have set a tone that it’s all work no play here but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Last Sunday we celebrated our first “divine hours”. A period of time where BRAVO-198 got to choose to head to church and organize our rack for a few hours. So yeah, it’s actually a bit more work than play.

Coming together as a group of strangers at week 01 and reaching over to week 03 it seems about time that BRAVO-198 comes together not as a group of civilians but a company hopefully bound with the common goal of overcoming and becoming the best U.S. Coast Guardsmen we can possibly be. Our structure is complete, the only way for us to go now is up.

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.

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