Bravo 198 Recruit Journal Week 04

International Maritime Signal Flag Bravo

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

As the saying goes, two steps forward, one step back, BRAVO has taken and adopted that into our own version. Something along the lines of driving our BRAVO – mobile at some pretty top notch standards, good to go, then hitting a pothole at 80 MPH, getting back on the road, rinse and repeat. See the correlation to the former?

Although rocky at times (as per usual) BRAVO-198 had some historic moments this week in terms of performance. From screaming loud enough to marching as Chief Knapp would say “OK” and earning the privilege of marching ourselves around the regiment. We have taken our victories when we can and as for week 04, it would seem that our tallies in falor are really starting to add up. That being said BRAVO took our fair share of licks too. As standards keep getting raised so do expectations and sometimes… often in BRAVO we don’t meet these exciting new standards head on. BRAVO can pay the consequences shortly after the fact or as some of our Company Commanders prefer, banking up and cashing out at strategic times. On Saturday’s schedule we had 03 things on the TO-DO list however 01 was a test make-up (which we killed) and the other was cancelled so for approx. 05 hours we played games. If there was any confusion about being reimbursed for our mistakes with games, they weren’t fun.

Besides the polarized ups and downs our company crammed the capacity of our noodles with a fresh batch of practical facts regarding firefighting this week starting small in the class with portable extinguishers to moving up the line to some big boy action getting decked out in a full out, totally not air conditioned fire suit and sticking it out in teams battling simulation. The real burning was in our calves after duck-walking with full gear for about 15 minutes. Soon after we were informed that a Coast Guard cutter burned for 13 hours and had to be stopped by people like us. 15 minutes seems ok. Besides taking things in during our Assignments class, bravites (is that a plural?) were given the chance to complete dream sheets on where we want to go and who we want to be. After counseling from our Company Commanders to not settle, but to accept what our service has to offer, many of my shipmates stepped up and out of their comfort zones into our next big step.

After a night of team building exercises, we were instructed by our Lead Company Commander, Petty Officer Toliver to pass and then stack our sea bags (think big duffle bags with all our stuff inside). Our first attempt, all the bags eventually collapsed when too much was loaded on. Paralling our work ethic exactly, she pointed out. If we are to work together we would have to carry not just ourselves, but each other. Besides the benefits of huge shoulders, BRAVO can pull it together as one to bust it through week 05.

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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