Kilo 193 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Kilo 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 23, 2016

Graduates: October 14, 2016

 

This week was definitely a good week for Kilo-193. It was our first week of not being junior company, and the first week that we can truly call ourselves a company. Kilo had many milestones this week, but one that deserves special recognition happened at the start of the week.

On Sunday the 11th of September, Kilo was granted the privilege of being present for a ceremony of remembrance for the terror attacks that changed not only our nation, but also the world, just fifteen years ago. It drew a surprisingly emotional reaction out of many of us, considering how few members of Kilo are old enough to truly remember that day. It was one of the many catalysts for our coming together as a company. It was also the perfect reminder for many of us of just why were are here, and why we are needed.

While we had some bad moments this week, people relaxing too much and just generally not staying focused, it was mostly good. Over the past few days, we’ve finally become a company. We’ve also finally developed a sense of pride both individually, as recruits, and together, as a company. We had the first beginnings of this when we marched in the graduation of Foxtrot-193, but it was truly cemented in the past few days. It is impossible to pin down the moment when it happened, but the how is much easier to describe.

Over the past week, Kilo has finally earned some small measure of approval from our Company Commanders. We were allowed to start marching ourselves, to perform our “evening routine”, which grants us time to properly take care of our squadbays and ourselves at night, and we even earned time to study. This lead to one of the most gratifying events for us so far, one that we weren’t even fully aware of.

This week, we earned our first pennant. With a company average of 92% on the midterm exam, we earned ourselves the midterm pennant. This was only possible due to the time our Company Commanders granted us, and the leadership of several recruits. Our squadleaders, Seaman Recruit Jacob Figggins and Seaman Recruit Jamyson Trancoso, as well as one of our company Yeoman, Seaman Recruit Jaclyn Weiss, have all stepped up to keep us in check. Without them, it would have taken Kilo a lot more sweat to start getting our act together.

Starting Monday, Kilo will officially be considered a senior company. The heat is on, but we’ll make it through, after all, we’ve got the best Company Commanders on the regiment. Semper Paratus.

-Seaman Recruit Carter, Briana K.

 

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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