Kilo 189 Recruit Journal: Week 05

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Kilo 189 Recruit Journal: Week 05
Formed: Jan. 28, 2014
Graduates: March 21, 2014

During week five reveille was at 0530 as usual but our morning chow was at 0545. We had to have 66 people get up, get in uniform, take care of hygiene, make racks and be to the galley in 15 minutes. Petty Officer Fairburn told us that in the fleet being late even by a few seconds can mean the difference between life and death for the people we mean to save.

As the week progressed we realized this was a huge transition week. At the regimental flag pole, we found out where we’d be stationed. We were all called up front and centered individually by Petty Officer Luedecke and rang the regimental bell while sounding off the name of our new duty station across the parade field. At the end of the week we moved over to Healy Hall.

We are expected to perform at a higher level as one of the most senior companies on the regiment; the only catch is that our punishments for doing the wrong thing may quickly mean a reversion to a junior company. We are still 66 strong and looking forward to week six. We are Kilo-189!

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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