Kilo 196 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Kilo 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Jul 24, 2018

Graduates: Sep 14, 2018


KILO-196 Week Ø6 Summary


Today Kilo started their day energized and excited to get to their “On-Base Liberty”. During on-base liberty, Kilo will get to do almost whatever we want (while keeping military bearing of course), around the Regiment. We get our phones as well which we were all looking forward to the most. Liberty was what drove Kilo through the day today. Before Kilo got their on-base liberty, we did many other tasks. We started out the day by having Petty Officer Greenwell teach us the correct way to wear our Tropical Blue Uniform. This was actually really cool as Petty Officer Greenwell came around and genuinely helped us and gave us pointers on what to do to make our uniforms look right. After Petty Officer Greenwell helped us with our uniforms, she lined us up outside with our pieces to practice our Close Order Drill and Manual Of Arms test in Week 7.

Kilo has been getting a lot better at their piece nomenclature, we are starting to finally sound off in sync while going through the nomenclature. In the previous weeks Kilo had a problem with either slowing the count down too much or speeding it up too much. Petty Officer Greenwell had a lot to do with the improvement due to the fact that she pretty much told us we sounded horrible! After the practice of Close Order Drill and Manual Of Arms, Petty Officer Resto and Petty Officer Greenwell took us on a tour of the cutters and the small boat station. This was awesome! I’m personally being assigned to a cutter so I didn’t get to check out the small boat station, but my shipmate Jasmin informed that it was way different than most recruits expected, shipmate Jasmin also informed me that the small boats have way more technology than he originally expected, overall he said it was a great time. The cutters were just as cool (if not cooler), they toured us on the Laurence Lawson, which was a 154 foot Fast Response Cutter. The cutter was commissioned just last year which meant it had the latest and greatest of everything, and oh boy it did! After touring the small boat station and cutters, Kilo headed back to the house to prepare for on-base liberty.

After being inspected by Petty Officer Greenwell and signing out, we were free! The first thing many recruits did was head straight to the exchange and buy more candy than they could eat. After the exchange we all headed towards the Harbor View club where we ate our candy and made calls home to all of our wonderful families. The time went by way faster than we wanted it to. Before we knew it we were off to the house. Thank you to the family members of Kilo for pushing us recruits on through basic training, for some, you’re the motivation behind the drive of these recruits, and for that, I thank you.


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.