Kilo 194 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Kilo 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 18, 2017

Graduates: June 9, 2017


Week two has finally come to an end but sadly not everyone made it through. As we turned a 10 foot wide hallway into a place more humid than the Amazon Forest, while chanting like some forest men, under the ever watchful eye of our Company Commanders, we burnt more calories standing still than the people on “The Biggest Loser”. Yet Kilo-194 is becoming stronger. Very very very slowly, but still. At the beginning of the week we got our pieces and are becoming more of a senior company around. But with new responsibility comes greater expectations. Oh, and more incentive training methods. But the truth is the most valuable materials on the planet are made in the harshest environments. Therefore, all that we endure here will mold us into something more valuable. Something stronger. Something rare. Kilo-194 will march on and return to you victorious. But there will be casualties. For only the focused, the disciplined, and the physically and mentally strong will make it to the end with Kilo-194… maybe… as we prepare for the new challenges of week 03 we remain hopeful. By the way, our Lead Company Commander, Petty Officer Abascal, really missed his calling as a quarterback. I say this only because I have seen him throw an array of items, including Kilo’s guidon, at least 60 feet out. Indoors? No problem. He’ll just shimmy that little old window up and BAM! Problem solved. This last week 02 has certainly been the toughest. But not all was bad. We took our swimming test this week and a majority of us passed. We got to watch the newest company go through the galley nightmare. Just last week we went through that, so it feels good that we are past that point. Anyway, know that Kilo-194 misses all of our loved ones. That Kilo-194 is becoming stronger and is grinding forward. Know that Kilo-194 will not give up because we hold your love in our hearts. Kilo-194 will be destroyed each day, reborn anew each morning. We are more resilient, stronger, more disciplined than the day before.


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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