Bravo 198 Recruit Journal Week 06

International Maritime Signal Flag Bravo

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

Fast and loud is what Bravo-198 is told to be, and throughout week 06 that is what went down. From the firing range, to the final physical fitness test, talking to our sponsors and units, supporting Zulu-197 in graduation, marching in the Veterans Day parade, and having some on-base liberty on Saturday. It was another busy week for Bravo.

The beginning of the week was filled with excitement for Bravo Company. After receiving our orders in week 05 we finally got to contact our units. Bravo was allowed to use the computer labs in regards to learning what mysterious messages lie dormant in our emails. After this it was on to the fitness exam, and another chance to receive a pennant.

In Bravo Company the fitness test is a bigger deal than most. If you do not pass this test, your boot camp experience becomes longer. The morning before the test you could feel the anxiety of every individual, especially those who went to Physical Fitness Enhancement every morning; waking up earlier than most pushing the deck to meet the standards. In the end the company had a 91% passing rate, which earned us a pennant for our Bravo Flag.

A few days after the beginning tasks of the week, the company was trained and got to complete a marksmanship course using a 40 caliber pistol. It all started with a bus picking up Bravo from Sexton Hall, it brought flashbacks to being dropped off at boot camp many sweat sessions ago. Luckily for Bravo, this time it was dropping us off at a different government facility, with no company commanders, and with a nice indoor firing range. After everyone got their practice rounds, and qualified, Bravo received the marksmanship pennant to put on our Bravo Flag.

Wither it was administration time to contact our new units or tours of cutters and stations, Bravo-198 stayed busy. But just as we wish for the end of a sweat session, Bravo was wishing for Saturday to come faster. This is due to the participation in the Veterans Day parade followed by on base liberty. The parade was very special for a lot of recruits here at Bravo. It is easy to recall the times we were younger watching a parade, we saw the firetrucks, and floats; but there was always a special feeling when our uniformed heroes marched by. But now we are carrying on the legacy of those who have fought to protect us, signing up and overcoming pain to serve as they served us, and not letting their sacrifices be in vain. It’ll definitely take some time for Bravo to get used to “thank you for your service”. After we returned to lovely Cape May, On-Base Liberty was good to go. As anyone could imagine, on-base liberty consisted of Face Timing or calling our loved ones. Maybe that Bravo Flag we keep earning pennants for will come soon. Until then Bravo will have to keep on chugging down the tracks.

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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