Kilo 192 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Kilo 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: January 12, 2016

Graduates: March 4, 2016
Kilo-192 Week 03


Week 03 has come to a close for Kilo-192 and the company has changed noticeably over the past 07 days. The beginning of the week depicted Kilo-192 as, “The smelly kid in the classroom,” as it seemed we were best when at a distance away from everyone else. Our lack of self discipline, self esteem and low morale contributed to Kilo-192 marching with our guidon upside down or being tossed into the grass. To us in the company it was rock bottom, until at the end of our Seamanship class that same afternoon, when Petty Officer Thompson gave us sound advice to push through the bad times, look ahead and fix our mistakes. After a team huddle before leaving class, we motivated each other and began changing the tone for the rest of the week.

Our training is gradually becoming more practical, which is a great motivator. We were able to wear Coast Guard survival gear and perform a survival float. We also started tying knots which is surprisingly satisfying.

Father Brown came to visit us on Tuesday night with some world news, jokes and popular culture updates. We were all relieved to hear that Justin Bieber is leading the charts and “Ride Along Two,” is number two in the box office. It’s good to know that we’re not really missing anything! We also got into the topic of “Funny things recruits do in their sleep.” One of our own shipmates calls cadence in his sleep and another woke someone up with an, “Aye Aye Petty Officer Grote!”

On a continuation of light hearted events, we were pleasantly informed by our Lead Company Commander that we were scheduled to see a screening of the new movie, “The Finest Hour,” that was about the most daring small boat rescue in Coast Guard history. At first we thought it was a hoax, but Saturday morning we received a thorough brief about how to act outside Training Center Cape May and found ourselves marching towards the busses. The main part of our briefing was emphasized again once on the busses, “DO NOT act crazy or out of control… or you will pay in sweat when we get back.” We all kept our composure and soon enough we were on the outside of the Training Center’s confines. Being able to see mundane life take place reminded us that the world outside these fences still thrives and that in a few weeks we’d be returning to it, as Coast Guard men and women.

The movie itself was a great break from power points and 80’s themed educational videos, but now it is time to get back to what we came here to do: work hard, develop our skills and graduate. We’ve hit the halfway mark and we are hoping the next four weeks will be much better than the first ones.


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.