Bravo 199 Recruit Journal Week 02

International Maritime Signal Flag Bravo

Formed: July 28, 2020
Graduates:  September 18, 2020

A very long week has come to an end, and at last we have a small reprieve to lick our wounds! We accomplished a lot this week, and were able to learn a little, clean, and enjoy the well-deserved sweat sessions! For many of your sons and I this week has been the first to feel like true boot camp experience. We’ve gotten our first taste of the trials and tribulations face over the next few weeks. But now is the time for introspection and review.

So let’s start with Monday, a long day of admission and processing for a military identification cards. This strangely left many of us feeling, another step closer to becoming fully fledged “Coasties”. We also began breaking in on watches with one of the senior companies, one of the vital duties we will perform as non-rates.

Tuesday was a relatively normal day. Stressful perspiration filled, tear-inducing, groan producing normal. But hey, like petty officer Kuhns likes to say, you signed the blank check.

Wednesday was everyone’s favorite day so far! We were able to fill out our assignment dream sheets. Don’t take it personally if little Charlie is moved thousands of miles from home. This is what he needs to grow and fulfill his obligation of service to our country.

Thursday was the absolute peak of our week. And one day we perform our swim assessment, had the resident Holy Father provide us with strong words of encouragement and Lion King references. That same day we still managed to be obliterated by our Company Commanders! Embrace the suck has become the mantra in the company.

Friday we finished another round of medical processing. You’re going to need your shots if you’re going to fight dinosaurs and destroy demons! Some of your sons were also approached about the opportunity to join the coast guard Honor guard.

That brings us current with today Saturday the 22nd, the hardest test of physical endurance many of us have ever faced. We placed all of our belongings in our Seabags and passed them, one by one, around the parade field over and over and over again. Now I’m not going to lie, it hurt! But when we finished something changed deep within the hearts of this company. We did not quit, though we might have faltered, and upon her return the squad base we pick each other up and soldiers on.

Bravo 199 or might not be the most intelligent company, but we are tough and we will endure the challenges ahead. Stay strong and since your love in the weeks to come. We’ll need it. Just by coming to training center Cape May, we’ve taken the first step towards becoming the men we need to be. We’re coming home, if not smarter, a hell of a lot stronger! Bravo out!

-SR Irby


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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