Kilo 193 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Kilo 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 23, 2016

Graduates: October 14, 2016

 

Week 03 has officially come to a close and has been one heck of a rollercoaster. While the week started on a terrible note, full of incentive training and lack of self discipline, we’ve somehow managed to end on a high note.

Every low this week, that is to say, almost the entire week, felt especially low, but the highs were fantastic. KILO-193 had their first seamanship classes, much of which is hands on, and currently a favorite among the company. They would have been even better if we had displayed even a modicum of self discipline as a company, but we’re working on it. We’ve had to read page 200 of the Coast Guardsman’s manual at the top of our lungs while holding it straight out in front of us so many times, people have started to memorize it. We had to read it so many times; we started to hear it in our sleep. As soon as the words, “Like moral responsibility” are heard, the rest of the page is immediately stuck in our minds, though not yet everyone’s, unfortunately. KILO also started Manual of Arms this week with our pieces, when they weren’t being used for incentive training, and it’s another fan favorite among the company. Our Company Commanders have been teaching us the different movements with our pieces, we even got to march with them, and it was definitely one of our high points.

We also got a number of new additions to the company this week, most of which are from JULIET-193, the company one week ahead of us, and most of them have been fantastic additions. There are some that likely will not graduate with KILO for various reason, but there are also people that started with KILO that won’t finish with us. While that’s not always a bad thing, we have been sad to see several go already.

On a much lighter note, KILO-193 got to march in the graduation ceremony for FOXTROT-193. The sense of pride that we felt, marching in front of Captain Gibbons and the families of FOXTROT graduates was indescribable. It was the catalyst we needed to start coming together as a company, to start working as a team instead of individuals. In the last 36 hours, KILO has finally been getting faster and louder. We’re still making mistakes. That’s par for the course here, but now we are one step closer to becoming KILO -193, and not just a part of KILO-193. Week 03 drew to a close with an incredibly motivating speech, though it wasn’t very long, from Petty Officer Taylor that seems to have lit a fire in our hearts, one that will hopefully remain in the coming days. After all, bootcamp is only as hard as you make it.

 

 

 

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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