Kilo 191 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Kilo 191  Recruit Journal

Formed: June 2, 2015

Graduates: July 24, 2015


INSANITY: The act of repeating the same action over and over again but expecting different results. It’s also a very light way of describing how week 04 was, but I digress. So much mind and body rending incentive training is being issued for the same infractions. The unreal severity of the punishment we are now being issued will make the sturdiest of recruits crumble into dust. Even though this perilous punitive punishment is more frequently issued, it is a sign that Kilo-191 is progressing and that our whip-cracking Company Commanders are expecting more of us. Week 04 was up and down as the Cape May weather. Good days could instantaneously turn rotten just as the sun randomly gets engulfed by Behemoth-life pitch black rain clouds that terrorize the company. Kilo-191 had its final physical fitness assessment this past weekend. I have yet to decide if the blistering sun being present during the 1.5 mile run was a blessing or not, but I’d prefer beating feet on a track than swimming through torrential downpours, cascading sideways thanks to the frequent high winds. These monstrous clouds have a silver lining, however, in the form of filling out our dreams sheets and demolishing our midterm exam. Almost all recruits scored in the mid to high nineties, numbers often mirrored at Cape May in the form of degrees Fahrenheit. Hopefully, a significant number of shipmates get billets at the Districts they selected, but the needs of the fleet prevail above all. In a turn of events Kilo-191 actually enjoyed sweating this past Friday when we attended the charitable 5k run. The run was an on-base run that raised money for a memorial honoring fallen Enlisted Coast Guards men and woman. Surprisingly, no recruits used the run as a means to escape Cape May. We also had a pizza party after where we could actually socialize with one another! As I stated previously, week 04 can best be described as “INSANE.” Hopefully, Kilo-191 figures out before too long that our hiccups will no longer be met with just a slap on the wrist, because that mindset is pure insanity.

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.