Kilo 190 Recruit Journal Week 06

International Maritime Signal Flag Kilo

Kilo 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 9, 2014

Graduates: October 31, 2014

KILO-190 had a good week as far as recruit training goes. We worked hard and were locked on (most of the time) and were given a little more freedom as a result. At the beginning of the week KILO learned about firefighting and how crucial it is out in the fleet. There is a majority of KILO-190 destined for cutters so it is essential we begin familiarizing ourselves with the proper techniques and skills to handle fires. When you’re in the middle of the ocean and your cutter catches fire there is no fire department to call; they are already onboard. On Wednesday KILO-190 got the opportunity to don all the firefighting equipment and fight simulated engine room fire. On Thursday all of our shipmates got to battle it out in a small arena with pugil sticks. Pugil sticks are long two handed Q-tip like sticks that we whacked each other with. Most of our company had fair fights where the victor could have been either opponent; others went down in a matter of seconds. An exciting thing that happened this week was everyone in KILO-190 got their military IDs – now its official. At the end of the week, most of us in KILO were able to establish contact with our units. Beginning to setup travel plans has been stressful for some of us. On Saturday after chow KILO put on their Tropical Blue uniforms and formed up in the Healy Hall Drill Hall. Chief Carson individually inspected each recruit and told them what they need to fix in order to be ready for our formal inspection next week. At night KILO-190 had liberty and this was our time to actually spend a little time away from the regiment and relax a little. A lot of time was spent talking to friends and family, but also socializing with our shipmates. It is funny because the entire company has been with each other for 06 weeks and we still don’t know each other’s first names. Now that we are one of the senior companies all of the eyes are on us and all of the company commanders are waiting for us to make a mistake. The pressure is at its peak.

Very Respectfully,

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.