Bravo 198 Recruit Journal Week 07

International Maritime Signal Flag Bravo

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

A red flag flies high over Cape May as week seven comes to a close. The flag represents a new era, a new reign, a new example for our shipmates. Our Lead Company Commander, Petty Officer Toliver always reminded us “Earned not given” it is safe to say we have earned every amenity we were offered.

Monday seemed like one of the days here in Cape May that merge together. What set this day apart from the others was our first two de-briefs with role models Bravo has the upmost respect for. First on deck was the new BC, SKCM Lawrence. Monday we received another de-brief but this time it was with our LCC, PO Toliver who was directly in control of Bravo. Hearing about experiences and what the Coast Guard has done for two major influences and role models, is extremely motivating.

Ever since our first seamanship class, it has been drilled into Bravo that our final was on Tuesday of week seven. Bravo needed a ninety two percent class average to receive another pennant for our colors. When the smoke settled and the fifteen minute final was up, we got ninety two average exactly. In the afternoon Bravo went into the gymnasium to complete a CPR/First Aid practical. Later in the evening we got our third de-brief with PO Repasi. It is always astonishing that the people who screamed at and put us through pain for the majority of two months, can actually smile around us.

Friday was final exam day. We got into the classroom and grinded out the final exam. It wasn’t the final test of the day though. Bravo had a mission to excel at our MOA/COD test. To make a long story short, Bravo killed it scoring a 19/20. All four company commanders gave us a sweat session we won’t soon forget. Pounding our faces, pushing the earth, and screaming our vocal cords out, we earned our final step to becoming the senior company. Semper Paratus sung by Bravo, sounded like a church choir as a big bad red flag raised on the regimental flagpole.

Saturday brought Bravo’s off base liberty. This liberty was more about spending time with our shipmates, and exploring the area. Sunday brought our final divine hours. Instead of rack inspections we got our final two de-briefs. The first one being with Chief Rowton. Chief Rowton held us accountable, and made us pay for not being perfect at all times, but the experience he has in the Coast Guard can inspire all of us. Finally it was PO Baez’s turn.

Now we are heading into week eight, looking to where the time went. Deep down Bravo Recruits will miss the time they had here and the memories with all their new shipmates. But graduation is only five days away, and Bravo is focused on marching into that gymnasium with gusto; we will see you there.

  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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