Kilo 192 Recruit Journal Week 07

International Maritime Signal Flag Kilo

Coast Guard Recruit Company Kilo 192 Graduation Program

 

Kilo 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: January 12, 2016

Graduates: March 4, 2016

 

Week 07 Summary

The entirety of week 07 would prove to be a perilous fight for our pride, to prove our status as a senior company, and to let the regiment know that from the East to the West, Kilo Company is the best! By Friday night our flag was still there, but more decorated than before.

The seamanship final stood as our first opponent, and it isn’t unfair to say that it caught a lot of us off guard. In order to receive the coveted seamanship pennant, and maintain our pennant earning conquest, the company needed to achieve a certain high average. Petty Officer Thompson, our seamanship instructor, said it was not looking good. That is – until we beat the requirement by 0 decimal 2 percent! We took it so seriously that one recruit was found saying “My rudder is amidships, aye aye” in his sleep, and that’s hard to say when you’re awake! It was a proud victory for Kilo Company, marked by the moment that we found the pennant Petty Officer Dupre had snuck into our yeoman bag.

With one more victory for Kilo, we confidently took on Friday, which would be the culmination of all we have been practicing and studying for: the final exam, the close order drill test, and the manual of arms test. After an extended night of studying on Thursday, granted by Petty Officer Gilbert in order to help us achieve our goal, we rested as much as possible before taking on the day, and it might have helped quite a bit! By lunch time we had completed the final exam with a high enough class average to receive another pennant, only to be joined by another from our close order drill and manual of arms tests, with a nine out of ten in both.

After our fights were out of the way, Petty Officer Fairburn debriefed the company on our performance, and her history, in order to better prepare us for the fleet. Having this time with our lead company commander enabled us not only to be humans, and laugh and talk openly about issues and hilarious events, but establish the understanding that Kilo company performs better when we know that we represent our mentors, and our mentors treat us better when we act well enough – there is no set punishment – as Petty Officer Dupre says, “We make the schedule for recruit training.” In addition to Petty Officer Fairburn’s debrief, Petty Officer Dupre gave us his – and it shocked us all. First off, he actually smiled, which he has never done during training (or his whole life for all we know). He did this while proudly explaining the shipwreck crew, his advanced recruit sweat pouring system. From his life, we learned what it means to adapt, and remain calm at all times.

Yes, we had a say in some parts of the schedule, and mostly the right to earn activities or keep activities on it. The most desires on one our calendar has been off base liberty. Dreaming about getting away from the regiment and stepping away from the permanent party members for a day kept us even more motivated, and when the day finally came we had no idea if it was all a dream. We figured being off base would mean no marching, no squaring corners, but as we walked in groups to our desired activities we soon realized that we would subconsciously form up into formation, walk in step, and square our corners accordingly. Some of us that noticed tried to step out of cadence or misalign on purpose, but only to auto correct a few steps later. Moreover, most of us stood at attention in front of registers and performed facing movements once done. That’s when we realized the company commanders had gotten into our heads!

Off base liberty was indeed a great reward. A chance to call home, get to know one another, and the visit to the real Cape May was made even better by the welcoming people of the town, who greeted us and honked at us, the employees of all the businesses we visited, the wonderful girl scout troop who gave us some great cookies, and of course, Petty Officer Fairburn, who marched us proudly to the gate to our favorite cadences. Hopefully, the next time she sends us off will be to you all at home, and then off to the fleet!

Thank you all for your unwavering love and support. We look forwards to making you proud this Friday, and to begin our work as fully fledged Coastguardsmen.

SR Catling, A. S.

SR Vezzuto, L. A.

 

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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