Kilo 190 Recruit Journal Week 03

International Maritime Signal Flag Kilo

Kilo 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 9, 2014

Graduates: October 31, 2014


As we close another week here at Training Center Cape May, all of us look back at how much we have learned and progressed as a company. Although we exhibit similar behavior to a newly formed company, it is hard to believe that was us only three weeks ago. In the gym this week, we picked up the pace a little bit and had some more difficult workouts. Each time we went, the sweat would drip from our faces and the exhaustion would carry out with us for the rest of the day. This past week, K-190 had a lot of classroom time; learning about all the benefits and opportunities the military has to offer. Each time the company goes into a classroom, the instructor must always speak up because of all the coughing that engulfs the room. Because we are always in such confined spaces, whether it is in the squad bays, galley, or classrooms, when one person gets sick, we all get sick. One of the most significant classes we took this week was choosing between having the MGIB or the Post-9/11 GI Bill; both of which pay for college. K-190 is still at a point in training where no matter what we do or say, it is wrong. Many are having a hard time with this concept and must learn to cope with this new rationale. Our incentive training sessions are still in full force because of all the missed time objectives. It is hard not to find Kilo outside of Munro Hall doing push-ups, crunches, squats, and flutter kicks. Our self-discipline has really been lacking this week and K-190 was required to march around the regiment with a broomstick instead of our regular guidon. A very eye-opening class for many was the code of conduct class. Basically, this explained what we must sacrifice to live up to the expectations of the Coast Guard. Sacrificing our lives is something each one of us must do if the situation demanded it. An important class the company was in this week was the seamanship class. This will be where we learn all of the basic knowledge to help us in the fleet after we graduate. K-190 was able to partake in F-190’s graduation and get firsthand experience of what is to come. As we are entering week four, the stakes of continuing recruit training with the company are becoming more intensive. Probation, RAMP, and reversions take effect this week and many can only hope that they are not subject to these punishments. We must keep pushing through as a company and start learning to work together, if not; this will be a long four weeks.


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.