Bravo 199 Recruit Journal Week 05

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

This week has been one of the most impactful weeks of our lives. Going from week 01 recruits to receiving colors felt like no time. While at the same time an eternity, The training at TRACEN Cape May especially under OS1 Kuhns has been the hardest 08 weeks for many recruits. Some of us lost brothers of Bravo, and we also gained some along the way. What matters most is Bravo grew up this week, from blank marble slabs to chiseled low body fat muscular recruits.

The transformation of Bravo recruits seemed liked a 7/10 hallmark movie. You know, not the best but really meaningful and full of some weird twists and turns. There’s moments when it felt like a coach carter or an inspirational sports movie. However that kind of what Bravo figured out. This isn’t the army or marines where e1 get told they’re high skilled heroes. No instead coast guard training hones the mind and body for the real circumstances of life. Bravo recruits know they’re not superheroes or Rambo esque killers. We’re something better. A Coastie.

Coasties know life ain’t no box of chocolates. We know life has its ups and downs but so did bootcamp. The point is the recruits have for the most part matured into coast guard men and women. Bravo understands why were put under extreme stress and grueling punishments. If it wasn’t for the nonstop sweating Bravo would’ve never gained their colors. It’s their maturity that holds discipline, work ethic, and comrade within each recruit. That doesn’t mean bravo cant party but it does mean bravo is just one step closer to the finish line. A lot of recruits definably felt like they had to do karate with a bear to get to that finish line, but they got there or close to it. This next week is what will help recruits learn how to be normal people in the fleet as opposed to blank robots. Bravo has a lot to be proud of and today was the cherry on top of recruit’s cake. Getting to watch the sunset over the bay, recruit ball cover on our heads and Cape May cutters in port just yards away really made a lot of training feel worth it.

The great news is the recruits will be in that same scene except this time they’ll be on a cutter or station or base just knowing how it felt to be out of boot camp in the shoes of a real Coastie is some of the best motivation ever. Just 05 more days, life happens quick but bravo will stay rooted, Semper Paratus for anything!

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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