Kilo 190 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Kilo 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 9, 2014

Graduates: October 31, 2014


Looking back on the week we can probably agree that it has been the busiest one so far. Also, the week went by very fast. Father Fronk told us when we formed, that the days would be long, and the weeks would fly by; how true. Starting off the week KILO-19Ø was inspected by our Section Commander for the first time. So we donned our inspection ready uniforms and each individual was inspected by Chief Cain or Senior Chief Ashley. As Chief Carson frequently reminds us of the importance of squaring our lives away, or the body snatchers will come for us. After the inspection, KILO-19Ø was given the privilege of responding to our shipmates, something that must be earned. As the week progressed, we had classes on personal floatation devices, financial planning, and the Coast Guard Auxiliary, just to name a few. On Tuesday, KILO-19Ø got our dress uniforms which included our Bravos and Tropical Blues. We were excited by the notion that graduation was getting closer but stressed by the fact that we got more items that needed to be squared away. On Thursday, Chief Carson sat us down in the classroom and informed us that we were going to be receiving our orders. He made it a point that just because we were getting our orders, recruit training was not over. He also made it clear that these were orders not suggestions and there would be no trading of billets. Each night this week, there was a good amount of time that was set for practicing our manual or arms, which we will be tested over. On Saturday India, Juliet, Kilo an Lima companies all participated in a Coast Guard 5K,10K and 10 mile run to help raise money for a memorial that will be built at Cape May Training Center. Chief Carson gave the company direct orders to walk around, smile, and have fun. For many of us in Kilo, those first few minutes were weird; the company was actually able to socialize with our shipmates, something that had not happened yet at boot camp. The company is excited to have found out where we are going, and the next step is to figure out how we will get there. Recruit training cost a lot of blood, sweat and tears (but mostly sweat) and we aren’t done giving yet

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.