Kilo 195 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Kilo 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Nov 14, 2017

Graduates: January 05, 2018


Weekly report Week Ø7

Greetings to those outside the gate. Kilo-195 faced many tests, challenges, and changes as the now most senior company went through the regiment marching into week Ø8. During this past week, Kilo started with stocking and surprisingly nobody received coal. We did however receive socks, Chap Stick, letters, hot chocolate, and warm hospitality from the permanent party spouses on the base. A notable wife was that of Captain Gibbons, the Commanding Officer of Cape May. As Christmas followed on Monday, Kilo Company got a Christmas present from the Predator and slept in until Ø6ØØ. Operation Fireside kicked off again and Kilo celebrated Christmas with the Coast Guard but was still able to call our loved ones. When the red sun rose, Kilo already woke up at the regular time of Ø5ØØ and was on the bikes working hard in the gym. The Grim Reaper made us sweat…Who needs a trainer when you have a Company Commander ready to scream in your face if you are not pushing yourself. We went through his gym routine with all Ø3 of Kilo’s Company Commanders as each of them did a morning individually until Friday.

Week Ø7 was a wrap up week making sure that we have learned everything that we needed to know in recruit training. At Seamanship, we took our final for the course and learned line handling; we earned another pennant because Kilo has brains and bronze. The pennant was for blowing the Seamanship final out of the water. We cleaned our squad bays and wiped down every surface so we could to avoid quarantine. Sickness is everywhere and is running in our systems, so…recruits, even though it was tempting, was advised to not drink the bleach. Thankfully, nobody did.

The Recruit Aptitude Motivation Program list was given out and again recruits got stronger so Kilo-195 could get stronger as a Company. Later, as the week went on, recruits took classes on First Aid and CPR as well as studied for the final and the Manual Of Arms and Close Order Drill tests. In First Aid, my shipmates patched each other up and learned how to respond to different cases of what could go wrong. Stupidity should be painful… Although recruits were not certified, they still learned how to perform CPR on adults and children to understand the basic concepts. High and tight haircuts later followed because Kilo-195 was becoming the senior Company. Our official Coast Guard Gore-Tex jackets and liners were issued. We cannot wear them until told otherwise.

When the time came, Kilo-195 took the final as scored in various ranges. As for the Manual Of Arms and Close Order Drill tests, Kilo-195 scored a perfect 1Ø/1Ø in Manual Of Arms and Ø9/1Ø in Close Order Drill. The Grim Reaper’s teachings paid off. For that, we earned Ø2 pennants. The Section Commander pennant because we impressed him, and the Manual Of Arms pennant.

On Saturday, Kilo marched through snow with our Fearless leader and it truly was a winter wonderland. We sadly turned in our pieces and happily carried on with our off base liberty. We ate, slept, watched movies, and shopped our way through the day. Of course, it was somewhat tense because we were being watched, but overall it was relaxing.

Kilo-195 continues to roll-coal singing cadences and training on to week Ø8. The next time we talk to our loved ones it will be on Friday. We thank you for the last of the letters, prayers, and support.

Very Respectfully,

SR Carpenter, Thomas


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.