Bravo 198 Recruit Journal Week 05

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

With a shining week 06 on the horizon, it’s time to take a breath and look back on the trail we have trekked. Week 05 was huge week for BRAVO; we had our Personal Inspection, Dress Uniform Issue, pool time, orders, our first talk with loved ones in a month; and some team building with the Confidence Course. Of course we kept on sweating throughout it all.

The company was shaking like jell-o standing in formation Monday afternoon. The sun was glaring bright on our sea of blue statues, but a glooming shadow was crawling over us. The shadow of Chief Knapp and Master Chief Lawrence brought fear. Fear of being bounced and we are not talking birthday castle bounce. We were talking about going from 08 weeks of camp to 11 weeks of camp, but with a spit shined boot, and enough knowledge crammed in our noggins… BRAVO prevailed.

After learning our operational dress uniforms were good to go, we received our Dress Blue Bravos. You would’ve thought BRAVO just strolled out of the supermarket with how fresh we were looking. It is amazing how even getting more items to be inspected can raise morale.

Another big boost was pool time. As it is becoming scarcer for BRAVO, the non-impact cardio is cherished more than the blue power aid machine. We started with Hypothermia Prevention Training in our puffy, orange suits. They were thermal aid and floatation device coveralls, and when we stepped into the blue waters, it felt like a vacuum. After our relaxing float in our suits, BRAVO got the heart pumping with some laps. Being a sea going service hopefully we can get wet again before we leave.

It was a nail-biting moment for BRAVO company, as our future was determined by one letter. The company found out where our first duty assignment was!  One by one, we nervously opened our letters, hoping to get what we desired. Like a thick miasma, disappointment filled the air for most, but its ok. Everyone is going to do great things, and we will make the best out of our Coast Guard station, cutter, etc. After receiving our orders for several days now, the majority of the company was excited to call love ones and tell them the news. After calling, we were happy to one hear the voices and support of our loved ones.

We wrapped up week 05 with a trip to the Confidence Course, or in other words, Cape May Ninja Warrior. The assistants led off BRAVO with a superb run through the challenge facing us. We started moving, kept our momentum, and as we crushed one obstacle after another, we built speed, we got hungrier, and we built our team up. We were like a steam engine, being constantly filled with coal. BRAVO is now chugging into week six.

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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