Kilo 196 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Kilo 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jul 24, 2018

Graduates: Sep 14, 2018


Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

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Under the “Graduation Date” Tab you will be able to find the Graduation Program


To view the Graduation Live: Time: 1100 AM

The live stream of the graduations are viewed by going to the training center’s Facebook page at


*It should be noted that the live streams are a courtesy and not a guarantee. There could be technical issues or resource availability issues that would interfere with the stream. The live streams are not intended to be high definition productions of the graduation ceremonies.


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KILO-196 Week Ø2 Summary


Week two for Kilo-196 has been filled with many ups and downs, whether it was floating in a pool wearing the equipment of a life jacket suit, or getting screamed at in the Galley to repeat the words that emphasize “not looking around!” One of the better moments this week was when Kilo received their, “Pieces” which are replicas of M-16’s. This was a bitter-sweet moment for Kilo; reason being is because the long walk back through the beautiful woods of TRACEN Cape May with pieces on your shoulder was absolutely glorious, but as soon as we stepped foot back into our barracks we discovered they were used for pain; not fun. Holding a 1Ø pound piece in, “Sniper Position” for what it seems is a long time really starts to get heavier after a while.


All wasn’t bad though, because later in the week we got to talk to Captain Sasser and Master Chief Powell. Two really awesome guys who let us ask way too many questions. They both gave super awesome advice and really inspired Kilo to keep pushing. They also brought us cough drops and Jolly Ranchers, which to Kilo, was like receiving the equivalent of gold. On Friday of week two, about 15 members of Kilo attended choir practice which was awesome! Father Brown is one of the head Chaplains and he was in charge of the teaching of the lyrics. The few members of Kilo that attended sang their already destroyed vocal cords out. Many tears were shed but in the end it was amazing for the morale of Kilo.


On Saturday morning, Kilo woke up knowing they had a big day ahead of them. Later that following night we were to attend the sunset parade. Leading up to the parade we were trained on different Manual of Arms movements we needed to do for the parade. After doing a few practice runs, it was time for the real thing. Kilo slowly marched in to the sound of the band and stopped in the middle of Cape May where tons of people had their eyes on us, civilians and non-civilians. Everything was going great and then we heard an order over the speakers that Kilo was not briefed on, the order was, “Present Weaponry,” Kilo stood still not knowing what to do when out of the nowhere the ground shook and the area around us filled with a thundering crack; the cannons of Cape May had been set off. All gasses of recruits that had been held in up to this point had now been released into formation. Our formation ended up smelling like old cigarettes.


After Kilo’s “perfect’ parade display, we went back to our barracks to do some training with our pieces, and then straight to bed. More is to come and I can only imagine the stories will get better.


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.