Kilo 193 Recruit Journal Week 02

 

International Maritime Signal Flag Kilo

Kilo 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 23, 2016

Graduates: October 14, 2016

 

The last two weeks have both extremely long and incredibly fast. The night of our arrival to Cape May was filled with nerves, tears, and second guesses. The tension on the bus while pulling up to Sexton Hall was as thick as the humid summer air outside. We somehow managed to make it through the first night, and so began out first week of recruit training.

Every day of the first week was filled with getting yelled at for not responding properly or loudly. In between the yelling, there was a lot of hurry up and wait. We hurried up and waited to get shots. We hurried up and waited to get our hair cut and our clothing measurements. Finally, we just plain hurried through meals, no time to actually taste the food. On a side note, moms that are reading this, the food here is fantastic. Definitely not the slop we imagined it would be. Also during week one, we somewhat learned to march in time. We all anxiously awaited forming weekend and finding out who our Company Commanders would be. Boy, were we naïve. On forming day, we were treated to a nice speech about the coming weeks and how we were being placed in trustworthy hands. That’s when it really began. If we thought the first few days were hard, we had no clue what the weekend had in store for us. This was the beginning of actual training. Over the course of the weekend, we were treated to many incentive training sessions. Our lives mainly consisted of “fire drills” followed by sets of push ups, crunches, squats, and butterfly kicks. The heat and humidity only added another layer to our fun. It wasn’t all bad however; we were placed in our permanent housing, met our bunkmates, and had delicious chewy bars every night before bed. We also learned that our Company Commanders have quite the sense of humor and large vocabularies. Sunday finally showed up and along with it so did our divine hours. We found out we’d have five hours each Sunday to go to church and have “me time”. This was definitely the highlight of the week. Week two brought us many new things. We had intense gym workouts, fire drill after fire drill (we can now mostly successfully exit the building and line up in 90 seconds), and many rushed meals. Unfortunately, we are a group of people that love to be chatty at the wrong times. Conversely, the most chatty ones are somehow the quietest when it comes time to yell. We’ve had many incentive training sessions for this issue. Many of us also have issues with keeping our eyes straight ahead or “eyes in the boat”. This has lead not only to incentive training but also hysterical games of “I Spy”. Saturday saw a shipmate being made to announce to the galley everything he saw out the windows due to being caught looking outside instead of straight ahead. There were many stifled laughs in response to his “oooh, a rock” and “wow, a tree”. Our Company Commanders really do get creative. Although this week was physically, mentally, and emotionally challenging, we persevered. We still have numerous things to improve on and a lot of team building to do. However, we are hopeful for our success and anxious for graduation. Your letters and love give us the strength to continue. Week three is upon us and the recruits of KILO-193 are ready to meet the challenges.

 

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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