Bravo 199 Recruit Journal Week 03

International Maritime Signal Flag Bravo

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

There is many things a bravo recruit looks forward to. From chewy bars before taps to hearing their Company Commanders scream “Mail Time!” This week Bravo recruits have been exposed to an information overload from seamanship, assignments, and financial planning. Bravo Company got fitted for their dress uniforms today, ironic day because Bravo was hunted down by their Company Commander like Bravo Company’s own Freddy Krueger.  Bravo also learned about their travel entitlements to our first units. As many of you probably know by now, we might not be able to come home for a little bit. But rest assure we all use our 2 and a half days of leave per month and I feel many for your children will be taking a well-deserved vacation in the not so distant future. Even with all these different classes in front of them bravo is still hanging on. That’s because even though Bravo goes through the sweat sessions every day they still manage to make it to the end of the day. Commitment is persistence with a reason. It’s this commitment that churns the fires inside all coast guard men and women. The same commitment that’s in Bravos company commanders. This week one of Bravo Company’s recruits was assigned as marching unit leader. Bravo Company was quickly reminded though that this was not a reward as the marching unit leader was only allowed to say left and right with no harmony. Bravos Company Commanders won’t let the marching unit leader sing anytime soon so long that they are still sounding like a dying seagull. Bravos Company also started probation. Bravo’s Company Commanders lined up probation and just like a verbal firing squad but with questions about required knowledge, and testing the recruits on Close Order Drill, their racks, and determining if they need more time in training. At this point Bravo’s Company Commanders are going to mass order probation belts and have possibly the worst muster TRACEN cape may recruits have, or will ever see. This coming week will be one of Bravos hardest yet. Bravo may gain some recruits and most probably lose more. But it’s the commitment and journey of boot camp that’s going to make September 18th a day to remember.

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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