Bravo 198 Recruit Journal Week 03

International Maritime Signal Flag Bravo

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

With another week down for BRAVO-198, it really only gives us another enriching week to look forward to. In 03 fun-filled weeks our company has made some real gains in terms of when we first got here. From our humble start as a herd of civilians, struggling to find a foothold to a group of some real go-getters, early birds thrilled to greet the day with some gentle encouragement from our Company Commanders.

Things are starting to really pick up around here with more lessons, classes, and smoke. If you tuned in last week then you are already in the know about the jargon at Cape May including the beloved FIRE-FIRE-FIRE routine. So much so has this alternate English language been woven into our common talk that parents should not take alarm if their offspring refers to a “wall: as a bulkhead or if you ask your coastie relative to pick up their junk off the “floor”, if you receive a puzzled look just translate to deck. To write out these examples, I had to rack my mind for those words left in our civilian bags.

A slew of facts, lectures and PowerPoints have been hurled at BRAVO Company that more or less has been absorbed. Depends who you ask. More and More coverage of our future careers really sets the tone for our excitement to get out to our jobs and our ultimate purpose in the guard. Keeping the pulse going we got the opportunity to experience a meet and greet with our mentor, Senior Chief Boatswains Mate Martin who took the time to meet every one of us. At roughly 100 strong, BRAVO Company took some sweet time going around but getting to hear from yet another satisfied Coast Guardsmen really boosted morale and set the pulse again.

BRAVO has made some ground up but we have plenty of trail to go, as we shed our old identities in favor of the new orange, we can expect some pieces staying snagged on but for the sake of our shipmates we need to demand that we make the change, it is the only way to succeed and as our superiors insist, we shouldn’t accept anything any less.

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.