Kilo 191 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Kilo 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 2, 2015

Graduates: July 24, 2015

This week was by far the best week here at recruit training, leaving us with only 5 days until graduation. From a holistic stand point we achieved the most in this week than any other week. We took off in the weekend prior to the beginning of the week, and we hit our stride and never slowed down.

Many awards to be handed out during graduation have been decided. Some were earned, and some were voted on by our peers. The award winners are shipmates Tober (Seamanship), Martin (Physical Fitness), Dominici-Garcia (Most Improved Physical Fitness), Mandozzi (Shipmate), and Cifuentes (Honor Graduate). Other awards we achieved as a company were the Blood Drive Pennant (earned by quantity of donors), Seamanship Pennant (earned by completing the course with a company average of 92 or higher), Mid-term Pennant (earned by the whole company passing the exam on the first try), and the Section Commander Pennant (earned by scoring a perfect 10/10 on our MOA and COD test).

Upon completing the MOA and COD test, we hoisted our company colors upon the mast to fly until our graduation, where we are disassembled as a company to join the fleet and begin our careers. Every time we march around the regiment sounding off loud to the cadence our company commanders call out, we can catch a glimpse of the blue and yellow of Kilo-191 soaring high.

We had our off-base liberty, but soon we will have our no-more-boot-camp liberty starting Friday. Everyone had a blast walking around, shopping, socializing, sight-seeing, eating, and seeing movies. Wearing the tropical blue dress uniform was a proud moment for us. It was a testament both personally and collectively on how far we have come. Still bearing the title recruit, we will soon break free and burst forth as Coast Guardsmen. Being a part of something greater than ourselves humbles us every day. At breakfast chow our company commander, BM2 Loeffler spoke of truth with much depth and power that it hit us in our core. “The uniform we wear, where it says ‘Coast Guard,’ that is our identity now. That is who we are as individuals as well as a group. Where our uniforms show our last name, that is just where the paycheck goes.” Perhaps blunt, but real. Again, our eyes are being opened to the bigger reality. Our decisions and efforts now will affect lives for the better or worse, and it is up to us to remind ourselves of that so when the time comes, we can execute our orders with precision and accuracy.

We have had two “debriefs” with each of our assistant company commanders: BM1 McCall and BM2 Loeffler. During these separate times, the floor was open to anyone to ask any question one may have in a relaxed and comfortable space. This gave us a chance to truly see the CC underneath the “Smokey-the-bear” cover. We came to understand and agree with their motives and methods to achieve those motives. It was one of those moments where we can look back and have that “aha!” moment as everything clicks and makes sense, but during those moments we just hated every second. Now we are thankful and grateful for having them push us the way they did to become the best we can be and the best the Coast Guard demands we be.

Now we enter our 08 and final week of recruit training. The end is near, but not over. We are still going to continue this great stride until we cross the finish line. It feels like pulling back on the reigns would be contradicting who we are now, going against our natures. We don’t know what “slacking off” means anymore, and no longer desire that for ourselves or our futures. We are Kilo-191.

Coast Guard Recruit Company Kilo 191 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.