Kilo 192 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Kilo 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: January 12, 2016

Graduates: March 4, 2016


Good morning from KILO-192! This week was Search & Rescue week, meaning we were woken up at 0530 and had 10 minutes to take Muster, change into a uniform, utilize the head, and be formed up ready to leave for chow. As soon as the lights were turned on it was as if the starting pistol shot for a 100 yard sprint went off. There were shipmates leaping out of the rack, smartly putting on footwear, all while fixing our physical fitness gear, and sprinting like Husain Bolt. This has been our morning routine during Week 05. As our name was called from the roster we could then proceed to our respective squad bays to change into our Operational Dress Uniform. High stress/high speed was the name of the game, and every morning that passed by made it become more habitual.

Regrettably, week 05 was a nostalgic one. Not because of homesickness, but because we were acting like a week 02 company. So diligently in fact, that our Company Commanders genuinely reverted the entire company to a week 02 style of training. At the galley, while emptying our trays, we had to once again announce every move as directed. You run up to the end of the tables, shout “Snap! Snap!” as you check the trash can lines and then “Stepping off with my left foot!” and take off counting down from 05. It may not seem like a big deal, but to have the forming company see us at this was embarrassing.

This all came after being heavily scrutinized by our Battalion Commander during our first uniform inspection, and shortly after by our Section Commander and his squad of Chiefs for our squad bay and rack inspections. In lieu of countless discrepancies found by all parties the reversion, probation, and RAMP tickets were being given away like candy at a dentist office. The inspections definitely took their toll on our moral, and played a significant role in our week 02 behavior. The shakedown may have gotten our moral down, but it was a necessary force to get our company steered towards a senior company mindset. After returning to square one, we begin rebuilding a stronger version of KILO-192.

Fortunately, because of our improvements, our Company Commanders revealed the location of our first duty assignments. The squad bay that we gathered in was so tense with anxiety and excitement; you could cut it with a knife. While not everyone here got exactly what they wanted, or expected, everyone is most defiantly excited to begin our adventures. With a million questions in our heads, our company mentors graciously answered a lot of our concerns.

This far into training, some of us have forgotten what life is like “on the outside.” One recruit asked and instructor, “Are there Company Commanders at A-school? Will there be a shark tank at the A-school galley?” (The shark tank is where Company Commanders eat and destroy us when we act incorrectly or don’t know our required knowledge). The answer to both questions was no!

With the lingering enigma of our assignments finally resolved, we venture into week 06 with our sights on our post graduation adventure into the fleet, and hopefully will help us hit all our objectives along the way in these last few weeks of boot camp.

We miss everyone back home tremendously, and we appreciate the mail you send us. Don’t stop believing in us and don’t stop sending us your love and good thoughts!


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.