Kilo 195 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Kilo 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Nov 14, 2017

Graduates: January 05, 2018

SEARCH & REVERT Week 05 Summary

Hello out there,

Kilo Company -195 went underway through the topic of search and rescue this past week and experienced a variety of different stressful situations in which we had to adapt and overcome to succeed. The first of these simulations was a race to get out of our racks, get dressed after checking in with the company yeoman, then fly out of Healy Hall and into formation. All this had to be completed within 10 minutes. We then had to be at the galley at 0545 for morning chow, which comes to a total of 15 minutes to have our whole company dressed and under the same roof eating food. Some recruits tried to cut corners and wake up earlier than 0500 but the predator out smarted their doing and gained more sweat rather than gaining a personal win for those mornings. On Monday, not only did Kilo Company pop out of the racks like burnt toast, they also had a uniform inspection with the Battalion Commander Senior Chief Pace. However unbelievably, Kilo Company did very well so we earned coffee and evening routine (for those that earned it). Then like that, our fearless leader took it away during evening chow because some of our shipmates decided to treat themselves to hot chocolate instead. This is why Kilo Company Doesn’t have nice things. As the week continued, we received dress uniforms and got them back hemmed and fitted on Thursday. They now sit in the back of the squad bays as a constant reminder that we need to work hard to reach that goal of graduation. In between the fancy merchandise, recruits learned about boat crews, the history of the coast guard, search and rescue personal protective equipment, and we filled out our dream sheets. It was a lot happening but we stayed on our toes and went with the daily changes. The reason why I named this week’s summary, “search and revert” is that this should be a transition week. KILO Company passed week 04 and moved on to doing more training and less morning sweat for our discrepancies. The problem is, some of the recruits “the bad eggs in the carton” cannot follow directions or give their best when required. So these shipmates get reverted to LIMA company to help them get a little more time to train so they won’t sink when it’s time to swim. Friday was the “D-Day” and KILO Company got a cleaning by the Chiefs who stormed our ranks with rack inspections, communication chaos, and made the verdicts for those that had multiple discrepancies. This was the peak of the stress for some as clothes of all kinds were tossed, the section commanders make most of our racks and squad bays look like a land mine went off. After the sweat finished dripping, the house was clean, and afternoon chow, KILO Company got their orders. It was the decisive moment, the moment of surprise when you are at the edge of your seat hoping, praying, and picturing what the answer could be. Then it happened, the orders from our fearless leader’s mouth ran free and that night we heard the angelic voices of our loved ones as we informed them about our future hotspot. The week ended with manual of arms, more training from our company commanders, and gaining the win of coffee again because KILO Company is getting louder and faster. With a new week ahead and new knowledge to be gained, KILO Company treks on that trail to graduation. Thank you for your letter and support.


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.