Kilo 194 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Kilo 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 18, 2017

Graduates: June 9, 2017


Today I witnessed something that just a few weeks ago had happened to us. After the usual “Fire, Fire, Fire” routine, I ever so slightly glanced to my right and I see a gaggle of brand new recruits, half with faces full of shaving cream, and the other half that were quick enough to shave on time. The shaving cream was thicker than Santa’s beard! Anyhow, after such a unique morning we got to march ourselves to morning chow. Remember when you first got your license and drove on your own for the first time? That’s what marching to chow felt like. Week 03 has been a whirlwind of new and challenging events. As we mature as a company more and more responsibilities are being placed on our shoulders and some people are beginning to thrive. “Determined Kilo”, I proclaim is our new chant, because we will not stop even after graduation. Determined Kilo, because through the pain and discomfort, we are still here going strong. Now, I would leave it at that but I have to tell you something that I thought was kind of funny, and I’ll probably pay for this in sweat, but here it goes: As we were taking a class today, there was a video that our stoic Lead Company Commander was to play for us, but the video would not play for some reason. The funny thing is that he is an Information Systems Technician, so he specialized in this stuff. But a video older than most of the recruits made him angry, if only for a moment, cuz of course he did fix it, but it was nice to see that we are all truly human. I’m not sure if you all know this but the Coast Guard spends a lot of time crafting and strengthening our character, our personal standards, our philosophy on life itself. They truly do invest in the spirit of each recruit by teaching us how to become the best individuals we can become. Know this! The person who you said goodbye to is dead and gone. Instead, when you meet your loved one again, they will have involved into a stronger being. A matured being. A wiser being. Week 03 has been the most challenging week, true. But it has also been the most rewarding. And with the steady iron grip of our Company Commanders guiding us, Determined Kilo 194 shall return to your arms victorious.


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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