Kilo 192 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Kilo 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: January 12, 2016

Graduates: March 4, 2016

 

Kilo-192 Week 06

 

This week Kilo 192 turned up the heat and started making recruit training a little sweeter. From putting out fires to getting desserts, our company has been attacking our senior company status ever since our move to Healy Hall. Moving faster, promoting teamwork and being more attentive to details, Kilo 192 has set a tone that will continue to echo and amplify in the following weeks.

Our continued improvements in the way of meeting time objectives and passing our Section Commander squad bay inspection, granted us the privilege to move into Healy Hall – where the senior companies reside. There’s no boot camp retirement though; our company had a somewhat rough start into the week. The pressure did not crush us though! We behaved well enough to actually earn coffee. That doesn’t seem like a whole lot, but recruits literally woke up murmuring, “Come on, coffee,” “Coffee? Coffee” and then aforementioned recruit would change faster than they ever had before. Then, once all recruits had passed their Physical Fitness test we got desserts! Then we got to stop squaring our meals (this is where you lift the fork up 90 degrees and bring it in towards your mouth, and then bring it straight out and down, another 90 degree and repeat for all bites)! Barely any recruit was actual able to break the habit, so if you’re in for a laugh take us to dinner when we get back! I promise you all, that we were not replaced with robots. Some of us just kind of like eating like androids.

Moreover, much like the androids depicted in science fiction movies rising from the flames, not remotely phased by the scorching inferno, we took fires head on during our firefighting training. We strapped on fire-retardant suits, oxygen tanks and head gear then were instructed to venture into a dark, smoky room where in small groups we would fight a simulated fire. Receiving the fire call and suiting up in a hurry elevated the heart rate of each recruit, but having to enter the low visibility environment while tracking the hose to the nozzle surged the nervous system with adrenaline. A squad of 06 shipmates would squat behind one another with the sole purpose of supporting the nozzle-man and then rotate with him/her as needed. After this evolution, we came to realize how important it is to complete and endure a strenuous task when other shipmate’s lives are at risk; your personal discomfort quickly becomes irrelevant and the only thing that matters is completing the mission. That very lesson had been planted in our minds by our Company Commanders and now it was sprouting into a reality. With growing enthusiasm for helping one another, team objectives became much easier to achieve and ultimately helped us secure our on base liberty.

For 06 hours we were allowed to use our phones, go to the exchange and eat at the Harbor View. In reality the majority of our time was spent on our phones talking to loved ones while stuffing our faces with candy bars and other junk food. The sweetest undertone of the day was not the king size Twix bar, nor the much needed Redbull, but it was talking to everyone back home and realizing if our efforts are maintained we would see them soon.

No week with Kilo would be complete without its fair share of mishaps. We endure “the great trouser disaster of 2016,” where all recruit’s trouser measurements were mixed up, but we figured it out fairly quickly. At the end of the day all is well and Kilo Company will soon be chanting cadence around the regiment. We will see you all soon loved ones… as COASTIES!!

 

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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