Kilo 191 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Kilo 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 2, 2015

Graduates: July 24, 2015



As Sunday dawned with the rising sun, it brought forth the conclusion of week 05 of recruit training. As the night is darkest before the first break of light, this Sunday sun ends with what felt like six days of night. Week Five was one that tested and tried all of us on many different levels, far differently than any other week prior. As fire burns off the imperfections of metals before it is casted and forged, it also is with us. Mornings began at 0530, rushing to muster for roll-call. Upon sounding off to our individual roster order numbers, we double-timed it to our respective squad bays scrambling to collect our uniforms items for the day. The objective here was, from the moment the whistle blew to wake us up to getting dressed and properly groomed, to step off to morning chow at 0540. 10 minutes to accomplish this… So “tested by fire” sums this week up perfectly.

We were also tested in the literal form. Kilo Company had a Manual of Arms test, our final score was an eight-out-of-ten. This was a particularly proud moment because most of us struggled with the military movements with our piece, and getting in sync with 100 other recruits was a battle of its own. We still have a long way to come before our next evaluation. Another milestone for our company was our big move to Healy Hall. It represents a kind of rite-of-passage, a moment of maturing into a senior company. This will be our final residence here at Cape May, which shines light on how far we have come.

Emotional also describes this week. We received our orders for when we graduate. The icing on the cake. It was a great moment Petty Officer Uitdenhowen was awesome as she delivered the orders as only she could. There was laughter, smiles, tears of joy, and every few tears of sadness. Most were enthralled to find out their first duty station were in Hawaii, California, Florida, and some where shockingly Puerto Rico or Alaska. Either way this adds motivation and a real purpose to our training.

This brings me to my final point. A man known as Michelangelo once said about his piece called “David” that ” The man known as David that we see before us was always there, even before I laid a single tool on the untouched marble. All I had to do was remove the parts that were not David” The Coast Guard fleet needs are contained within us, as “David” was contained in the marble. We just need to allow the artist, our Company Commanders, to bring that out in all of us. We do not lose our individual identities, but rather rediscover and redefine who we are in the light of the Coast Guard way of life.


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.