Kilo 193 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Kilo 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 23, 2016

Graduates: October 14, 2016

Coast Guard Recruit Company Kilo 193 Graduation Program

 

It was a very eventful and busy week for Kilo-193. We split back into two groups, port and starboard, for the majority of the week. This was partially due to the fact that it is much easier to learn firearm safety and marksmanship when you’re only a group of 60 and not 120. On Tuesday night port side got the opportunity to go to the range and show off their American Sniper skills. Unfortunately, no one in the group was an ex-navy S.E.A.L so only a couple of shipmates had the accuracy to meet the minimum number of points needed to be qualified. Nonetheless, everyone had a great time firing off some rounds and being off base, it was almost like being in the real world again. Thursday was starboard’s turn to try their hand at target practice. They were a bit more successful with around ten shipmates meeting the minimum score to qualify. Word in the squad bays was that one of the starboard shipmates even made sharpshooter. This week also saw us calling our future units and speaking with our sponsors. Our time was limited but we were happy to be able to get any information we could about the places we’ll be going to in just a few days.

Most of us have been busy getting shots, buying plane tickets, and prepping for the next chapter of our lives. We all are anxiously awaiting the day we report to our new units. In the meantime, we will continue to study hard and stay awake in class thanks to the coffee we are now able to drink. That’s right; Kilo-193 has finally earned the privilege of having a hot cup-of- joe with our meals. No one is sure it’s the best coffee we’ve ever had because it’s actually good coffee, or if it’s the best coffee we’ve ever had because we haven’t had coffee in six weeks. Either way we are all pumped to have some caffeine to jolt us awake in the morning, hopefully soon we will be able to enjoy a donut with our brew as well.

Although the firing range was fun, and earning coffee was a lifesaver, the best part of the week was definitely on-base liberty. For six hours we were able to unwind and be regular people again. As soon as were signed out there was a mad dash to the exchange to buy all of the candy, ice cream, and pop we could grab. From there we headed to the Harborview Club to hang out, munch on our snacks, and most importantly, be glued to our cellphones. Everywhere you looked there was someone with junk food in one hand and their phone in the other. All of us were so happy to be able to talk to our loved ones. With graduation so close, the words of encouragement will give us the extra little boost we need to get through the next two weeks, and be the on point company our company commanders have shaped us into. Although there is still a lot to learn, and there is always room for improvement, we know that we are highly motivated, truly dedicated, Coast Guard recruits. We are Kilo-193.

 

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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