Kilo 194 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Kilo 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 18, 2017

Graduates: June 9, 2017





Week 05 has come to a close and wow, what a roller coaster. It started on a high, as determined KILO-194 received some new threads in preparation for graduation. KILO-194 was even in a ceremonial graduation for a senior company. The funny thing was as the graduation was going on shipmates were doing pushups behind the building for doing something wrong. Oh, if you all only knew. Only in the Coast Guard!


Sure enough, by this time your loved one has called you and shared with you their new orders. Of course this is wonderful news, but also painful. It can be difficult to watch your child, your loved one move so far from you. To leave you and began their new life as a guardsman, protecting our beloved country, but know this. The loved ones you have held, the loved ones you have supported, for you are the ones who have installed the strength, moral standard, and courage within them to march forward in life, and in the United States Coast Guard.


But not all have received the same news, as determined Kilo’s death toll stands at 39. For 39 shipmates that at one point in time belonged to KILO-194 were brought to their knees and have passed on in their journey, now spending time in a new company. But we march on. Determined KILO-194 will be victorious.


As week 05 comes to a close, we had the honor of running off base on a 03 mile cadence run, where all of Cape May was out clapping, cheering, and expressing their sincere gratitude for the service of the Coast Guard. IT was a glorious moment for us all. Of course, when we got back it was a gut punch back to reality as one of our Company Commanders had our Guidon (person that holds the company flag) switch out our KILO flag for a super skinny stick and wag it around like a dogs tail because he didn’t hold our flag high and proud for the whole run.


Last and far from least, our mentors spent a whole afternoon with us, sharing their wisdom and guidance with KILO, further supporting us all as we prepare for our transition into our new roles. The end is in sight! KILO will remain focused on the task at hand, as there will be more causalities and more challenges for us to overcome before arriving back in your arms. But arrive we will. And as we hold you once again and tears blur our vision, know that you will always be our inspiration of strength no matter where we maybe. Your loved ones will always be cherished in the heart of KILO.


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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