Kilo 190 Recruit Journal Week 02


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Kilo 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 9, 2014

Graduates: October 31, 2014

Every morning this week began with a loud whistle and shouts of “fire, fire, fire.” At 0530, this notifies K-190 that it’s time to wake up and start the morning with a sense of urgency. We form up outside Munro Hall where we take muster and then await the now famous words “find some real estate” which lets us know that we will be starting the day with push-ups, crunches, squats, and flutter kicks. It is our first of many sweat sessions to kick start another day of basic training for K-190. The week started off rocky to say the least. With endless expectations and responsibilities, K-190 has had a hard time adapting to the change. At the beginning of last week, we were average civilians, looking forward to a career in the Coast Guard. Now, the dream is becoming a stressful and hard-fought reality. Although K-190 is fresh out of indoctrination weekend, we are now expected to behave in a military manner at all times. The hardest part for Kilo has been communication. We are no longer allowed to converse using the language we grew up with. All this week, the company has spent numerous hours in the classroom being educated on many aspects of the Coast Guard. After these classes, we are responsible for the information passed to us and the company commanders can challenge our knowledge at any time; you don’t want to get it wrong when they ask. K-190 has been pushed this week into forgetting about oneself and working together as a single unit. The company is punished by the actions of individuals and we must display the Coast Guard core values of Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty in everything we do. Our company commanders demand that we strive for excellence in all parts of training. As difficult as this week was, we are a distinctively different group than compared to when we first got here. With the improvement we’ve made so far, we will only get better; our company commanders wouldn’t expect anything less.

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.