Kilo 196 Recruit Journal Week 03

International Maritime Signal Flag Kilo

International Maritime Signal Flag Kilo


Kilo 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jul 24, 2018

Graduates: Sep 14, 2018



KILO-196 Week Ø3 Summary


It is officially the weekend of Week Ø3. A week filled with difficult, challenging, inspirational, and contrary to what people might think, funny moments. Let’s see…we will start with August 6th, a very exciting day for Kilo. As you could imagine, being dropped off in a dark bus at the edge of Cape May is like being stranded on an island. No Electronics! Sure it is possible for an eighteen year old to be away from their phone, but it still sucks! Back to the point, that is why Monday was so wonderful. Father Brown came to meet with Kilo, and gave us an update on life beyond the guard towers. Father Brown had everything from sports updates, to Coast Guard drug interdictions in Florida, and Space Exploration. Typically I would never care about anything to do with baseball, (I know its America’s past time, sorry), but hearing anything besides fire alarms and raspy screams was music to my ears. Everyone was almost in tears they were so happy.


Fast forward through the Intensive Training sessions and bad sleep on a hard mattress is the seventh of August. That was a crazy busy day. Kilo split in two groups, even roster order numbers in one, and odd roster order numbers in another. The even numbers had the chance to go first to the Administrative Building. There they got issued their military identification cards. After we got the cards, we headed off to our first seamanship class. It is like a mile away from our housing complex, with black flag conditions (88 degrees and up) on the steaming asphalt you might as well be set on fire. Sweat was pouring all over our bodies. To make a long story short, it was just gross.


The August 8th was pretty much the same as the day before, but the odd number got to get their cards. We also learned knots in seamanship. Watching shipmates attempt these for the first time was so funny. Some of them would accidently tie themselves to poles and start freaking out (they were all safe and observed by an instructor). The August 9th was a very knowledgeable day. At seamanship we learned helm commands, types of line, and how to properly execute helm controls. After class it was sweat time during intensive training. The August 10th was a huge day. Not so much for Kilo. Golf-196 had their graduation. I was jealous, every shipmate in Kilo wanted to see their family. The graduation concluded and the company commanders let a shipmate march us to class. Have you ever watch someone learning to drive a car? Trying to steer 1ØØ recruits is not easy. We walked into way to many light poles. August 11th consisted of rain, classwork, and rain.


Finally someone asked one of our Company Commander if when they are a mechanic in the Coast Guard, can they retire and build cars? The response was, “dude I don’t care, you can make toasters if you want.”


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.