Kilo 194 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Kilo 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 18, 2017

Graduates: June 9, 2017

 

What a monumental week for “Determined Kilo”. We started at a high and ended even higher this week. “Determined Kilo” headed out to the gun range, where we shot off more bullets than a Die Hard movie. Even more amazingly, we won a pennant for our entire company as a majority of us got high marksmanship scores. But we didn’t stop there.

As the week was winding down, our Lead Company Commander marched us off of the regiment down a long, slim, old dirt road. As we continued to march, the scent of salt began to fill our noses. The sound of water crashing against the shores echoed in our ears. And a sense of fear began to weigh us down as we wondered “what the heck is about to go down?” Our Lead Company Commander then commended a beating of a lifetime. Squats until our legs began to buckle, under the gravity of earth, flutter kicks until it looked as if we had been consumed by a sandstorm, pushups as our hands sunk down into the soft mushy sand beneath us and the sea kissed our faces with such salty wet lips. And on and on the beating went. Kilo-194 by the end was soaking wet, salty, but still determined to take on whatever was next. Petty Officer Abascal ordered us to turn around and there standing in the sand, as the sun had turned the sky orange, stood our company Kilo flag blowing in the wind, with such pride and beauty as the waves crashed behind us with anger and envy. We all ran to our new company flag and began to chant “Kilo! Kilo! Kilo!” with such energy, such ferocity, with such strength that we broke our flag pole in half. Not only are we determined, we’re also crazy.

As a company we had finally reached the pinnacle of our evolution; from civilian to Coast Guardsman. We had achieved what at times seemed impossible. Absolute teamwork and support for one another and absolute strength and resolute purpose as individuals. Before we left the beach our Lead Company Commander shared with us something we will never forget. Words of wisdom and strength. He told us how the sea is our new home now. How at times we may hate it as we are stripped away from our families, but we are now her Guardsman and the Guardsman for all those in need of help and support. How for many, the taste of the sea is the last sensation they will experience. There will come a time, I feel, where we have to make a split decision that will ultimately lead to the death of someone, or lead to the saving of someone. As members of the United States Coast Guard, no, belay my last, as simply human beings, we must give our all and sacrifice any self interest we possess in our hearts in order to be of true value, of true service to others. When Kilo-194 is tested in the time of need, “Determined Kilo” will rise to the challenge and face the fears that may try to consume us in that moment. We will conquer the fears within our hearts in order to protect all those in need. For this is the major reason for our boot camp experience, I believe. To learn how to conquer and push and grow stronger constantly. In each and every moment, each and every day. Boot camp may be coming to an end soon, but the skills, the knowledge, the physical, mental, and spiritual strength that has been developed within us. That… that we shall keep with us always. Aye Aye!

 

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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