Kilo 192 Recruit Journal Week 04

 

International Maritime Signal Flag Kilo

Kilo 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: January 12, 2016

Graduates: March 4, 2016

Kilo-192 Week 04

 

“The standard Coast Guard pistol is the SIG P229R DAK…” That very phrase being repeated over and over seemed just like a theory based piece of information we had to remember verbatim, but soon enough we were acquainted with the Ins and Outs of the weapon and were able to try our best at the range. The shaky hands of first time shooters quickly became hands of a merchant of death, as we beat other companies in Marksman qualifications and gained our very first pennant! One of our own even managed to reach Expert level, thus earning his name on a plaque. It’s becoming more apparent that our company is setting its sights on success and we are not intending to miss.

On the way to and from the firing range we actually studied our required knowledge which paid off and earned us the Midterm pennant! That’s two for two, and whenever we earn our colors we will be able to display them with pride. Five more pennants to go!

Speaking of colors, we recently earned our standard Kilo flag back. The beginning of the week was more than turbulent and Petty Officer Dupre replaced our flag with a half staff and printed out KILO on a piece of paper. It then rained making our depressed mess of a flag a lot worse. By midweek we were performing like week 04 and earned it back.

This week challenged us with more exams than anyone would care to take. From the physical fitness test to seamanship test, every test took an attempt to knock Kilo Company down, but when the dust settled we all kept marching on as if it was just an ordinary day. Even with coughs that could be heard echoing down the gymnasium passageways, the majority of our company was able to pass and improve our physical fitness test scores from forming week, putting yet another test behind us.

In the midst of all the tests, a day we all had been waiting for made its way into the week like a much needed beacon shining through the foul weather; the day to fill our assignment dream sheets. It was exciting but nerve wracking. We had so many questions to ask that the class almost ran late. There is however, no bad Coast Guard unit and we only have to wait until Friday of week 05 for our assignments.

Thank you all for the mail. It keeps us strong! We’ll see you soon!

 

 

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.

 

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