Kilo 190 Recruit Journal Week 07

International Maritime Signal Flag Kilo

Kilo 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 9, 2014

Graduates: October 31, 2014

Week 7 was a very good week for Kilo-190 because we now are doing what we are told when we are told to do it. On Monday, the company spent all day in the classroom and the gym learning the basics of first aid and CPR. This was important because you never know when an unpredictable situation involving first air or the need for CPR will occur. Kilo-190’s last seamanship class was this week and we took the final exam to determine if the company would get the pennant for scoring above 92%; we did not. The males in the company got their last haircuts before graduation which means we are just that much closer to graduation. During all of week 07 and 08, reveille is at 0500 so it makes the days a little bit longer and we are all a little more tired. On Thursday, Kilo signed their official orders to their new station. This makes our arrival date and our modes of transportation finalized. Some shipmates have been allotted more travel days than others depending on the location of our first permanent assignments. One of the better parts of the week involved Kilo-190 getting their colors, meaning our guideon has the Kilo maritime signal flag instead of our letter “K.” The company was taken to the beach for an incentive training session and at the very end, Chief Carson about faced the company, and planted in the sand was the Kilo flag. Not only does having your colors prove seniority on the regiment, they are something companies have to earn. Friday morning, we all took our final exam. Not only did we get a pennant for the company average being above 90%, Kilo-190 was the first company in a long time to get this pennant. Later in the afternoon, the company took our manual of arms test in front of the chain of command. We scored very well and earned another pennant. Saturday culminated the week with our off-base liberty. Chief Carson marched the company to the edge of the base and then released us into the civilian world. Some of us went to the zoo, got Starbucks, stuffed our faces with food, went to the movies, or relaxed with family and friends. Some of us had forgotten about life outside the regiment, but it will make graduation day and our future that much brighter. We were able to take the lessons our Company Commanders have instilled in us, and apply it to the real world. Luckily, no one was late and we all seemed to obey ourselves, making off-base liberty a success. K-190 had a good week 07 and we plan on having an even better week 08, continuing to have throughout the rest of our time here and our entire lives: Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty.

Coast Guard Recruit Company Kilo 190 Graduation Program


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.