Kilo 193 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Kilo 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 23, 2016

Graduates: October 14, 2016

 

Summary for week 05:

This was a week of trials and tribulations for Kilo-193. While there were many ups, there were also some very bad downs. Last week, Petty Officer Taylor warned us about something called the “week five dive,” and wow, did it hit Kilo hard. We did not take his words as seriously as we should have, and we had to pay the price. The lowest moment, without question, happened when we lost our military bearing. Kilo was punished by having our flag taken away, and being forced to walk with our hands in our pockets and our heads hung low while our company commanders called us civilians. There is no way to truly describe how degrading and frustrating that was for us, we didn’t know that we ourselves already took so much pride in becoming members of the Coast Guard, and it was real eye opener for many of us. The worst part, though, wasn’t even the punishment itself; it was how badly we had disappointed our Company Commanders. Afterwards, we had to pay our dues in sweat and had a realization moment as a company, where we agreed never to let ourselves slip so far again.

As bad as it was to be a “civilian” for a short period, there were also a number of good things that happened. This week, those of us in Kilo 193 received our first orders. While not everyone got what they wanted, most of us are excited to go to our first units. It will be a whole new experience for us, and our first official step to being Coast Guardsmen.

A major contributor to our downfall, as thankfully brief as it was, was the schedule. Week 05 is known as “Search and Rescue Week,” where all your time objectives are shortened and you have fifteen minutes each morning from the time you wake up to the time you have to be at the galley for breakfast. While this doesn’t sound like the most difficult of tasks, in those fifteen minutes we still had to do our morning muster, change into our operational dress uniforms, and form up as a company to march to the galley. This is not so easy to do when there are over 120 recruits in Kilo and half of them are only morning people because they have to be, but we managed it without too many hiccups. We’re just glad we won’t have to go through an entire week of that again.

We ended this week with a bang: with a visit from our company mentors, and the completion of the confidence course. Our mentors, Senior Chief Fraughton and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bishop, have given us lots of advice and encouragement about both basic training, and our upcoming time in the fleet. They are both fantastic mentors that have helped us tremendously and Kilo is very grateful to have them; it was especially entertaining to see them race through the confidence course.

The confidence course was easily one of the most incredible things in basic training, and a very defining moment for us. Every single member of Kilo supported each other, cheering and giving encouragement to each other. As long as we believed we could get past an obstacle, then we did. Some of us breezed through, while others struggled, but we all supported each other regardless of how we actually performed physically. It showed us just how far we’ve come as a company, and just what we can accomplish by supporting each other. After all, no one has ever gone through boot camp alone, and this is only made more obvious each day.

Sure, we have our ups and downs, but Kilo has made it through another week of training. Just three more weeks until graduation and our official entrance into the fleet, until then, we’ll just have to keep on marching.

 

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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