Bravo 199 Recruit Journal Week 04

International Maritime Signal Flag Bravo

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

Nobody ever said doing what is right is easy. If they did then it doesn’t apply to Bravo. It’s another week gone. This past week was especially difficult as it was search and rescue week. Every day this week started off the same. Bravo getting air horn and siren wake ups at 0530 and eating chow by 0545. Every second counts during SAR week. But so does the seconds when the vessel with a full family is sinking and you’re jumping 10 foot waves with 04 other shipmates half a mile away. There’s a good reason bravo gets sweat!

Yes being late is one thing, and so is leaving a sock on the bench. But that’s why it’s so important. Bravo recruits will soon graduate and within a few weeks they will be one of those crewmembers. Who is saving a family life. Some recruits here graduated high school months ago. Yet they will be trusted to defend, save and serve this country. Nobody said doing the right thing is easy. Nor did the Company Commanders force any of us to be here. It was each and every recruit’s choice to sweat, march, train get sweated and march some more. Some recruits aren’t quite there yet but since when was anyone here born perfect. That’s the reason bravo endures what they have to. You can’t make a brick of gold shine without putting it through fire first. After the process is when that gold becomes more valuable.

It’s the same as bravo recruits going to a class about deck work last week and this week having a class about firefighting. That’s right bravo  recruits won’t just be on the deck saving lives but also below ensuring the cutter stays running and the ability to save and defend are aways available. However Bravo recruits will never be able to fulfill the coast guard duties without company commanders. It’s these same company commanders who wreck the squadbays for gear adrift that are preparing Bravo recruits for situations that could happen in the fleet. Bravo recruits being dropped in on a catastrophe will be what prepares them to be able to board a sinking fishing vessel and go below deck to save lives.

Like Douglas Munro who saved over 500 marines by using himself and his vessel to block incoming fire and gave his own life. Be the reason 500 live. It’s this selflessness that our Company Commanders want us to strive for. One way to another. Bravo will meet those standards. The same standards William r Flores showed when he use his own belt to keep life preserve doors open.  He did this and went below the sinking vessel to help and comfort the wounded. He died an E3 doing exactly what needed to be done.

Bravo recruits will hopefully never have to ensure the hardships that those two heroes did. But in less than 02 weeks they will be able to handle said catastrophes at the blink of an eye. I hope every family knows that even when their sons and daughters are at their lowest low. That they still care for each other. On the obstacle course today recruits didn’t care about how annoying they were. They still cheered each other on. It’s the mass amount of knowledge to intake and long marches, demoralizing sweat sessions. The wrecked squadbay and obstacle course that turns Bravo recruits into titanium strong Coasties. Coasties ready to hop on a drug runners boat or the same coastie who dived head first into hurricanes intent on saving lives. Two weeks 14 days and a whole lot of yelling is what will make us ready. Week 07. A new chapter and more sweat Semper Paratus for sweat!

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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