Kilo 196 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Kilo 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jul 24, 2018

Graduates: Sep 14, 2018


Kilo-196 Wk4 – Summary

Throughout all of the week’s KILO has faced, week 04 has been the hardest so far. Many faces have come and passed which is giving a lot of the recruits of KILO stress. Although most KILO recruits are under this stress, it has brought us a lot closer as a team. My personal bunk mate is who I believe to be the most nervous, he constantly is talking about the Master Chief Wadley’s Inspection and how it is completely making him nervous. I don’t blame him considering our Company Commander told us that a lot of the faces we see today won’t be here on Monday due to the inspection. The constant nervousness has forced KILO to rely on each other in many ways. Some recruits have been gathering in the back of the squad bay during prayer time to pray for the needs of others such as, stress, missing family, being on probation, or simply just being to graduate on time. I believe all the stress is making some of the recruits go crazy; last night I woke up to a recruit in the rack next me saying, “Straight U!” over and over again. This term is used by Petty Officer Greenwell, one of our assistant Company Commanders. She screams this as recruits who don’t hold their canteens straight above their head during Incentive Training.

Going into week 05 the stress doesn’t just stop after the inspection, it continues for the rest of the week; starting Sunday and continuing all the way to the end of week 05. We all have to be up, changed into our uniforms, have our boondockers on, shaved, and at chow in 15 minutes. For some of the recruits this is no big deal, but for others this is like or death, that’s why teamwork will play such a huge aspect in week 05. KILO Company all decided tonight after muster that tomorrow during our divine hours we will set up a system where we will have certain people iron everyone’s uniforms, while others will tape lint, and after all that the ones who are good at rolling sleeves will roll sleeves. While all this is going on we will have a team who is good at shinning boondockers do everyone’s boondockers. If all goes according to plan we should all look sharp enough to pass his inspection without getting booted. KILO is also starting to stand watch in Sexton Hall as well during week 05 which is going to be weird considering we’ll be standing watch over the new recruits when we personally felt like that was all of us not even a day ago. To all the families and friends of KILO-196, send out your prayers as we will need them more this following week than ever.


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.