Kilo 196 Recruit Journal Week 07

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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


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KILO-196 Week Ø7 Summary


Well, today is it. The last weekend historian log. After 07 weeks of hard training, we’re about to head into week 08. Not without a lot of effort. Especially this week there were a lot of challenges we had to overcome. Let’s start getting into the juicy details of week 07.

First off was the Battalion Commander Inspection. Well it’s not actually supposed to be an inspection, more of a time to get to know him. KILO decided to act like a forming company in the classroom, so our actions determined our training. Anyways almost everyone failed the inspection so we had to do intense training. Obviously no one wants to be intensively trained, but I’m not alone when I say this, KILO needed a reality check. I haven’t seen the kind of behavior in class that day since my earlier days of high school; pretty Embarrassing. Like Captain Gibbons, the Commanding Officer, said our first day here, “We’d rather sail shorthanded than go underway with an unfit crew.”

Let’s see, another significant event that happened this week was the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard recruit address. It consisted of a video conference that let us know what higher enlisted men and women think of us, and the opportunity to have any questions answered.

The most important things happened on Friday though, the final exam, close order dill test, and the manual of arms test. I am excited to inform you all that we go the flag pennant for the final exam with a company average of 90. We also scored a 09 out of 10 for both close order drill and manual of arms. The results of the manual of arms got us a flag pennant for that too. Needless to say, we earned our off base liberty and coffee.

The off base liberty gave us a chance today to talk to family, eat food, watch movies, and even just walk around. It was one of the best moments to know you finally had hours to tell your family everything you can remember about training. At least personally as far as I can see, most recruits spent the day on their phones. I face timed my family for hours. It’s hard for everyone hanging up, but it’s comforting to know you are supported whether you can see them and hear them or not.

Thanks for reading, watching us grow as a company through words is difficult, but trust me, I don’t think any of our readers want to come here and do “FIRE, FIRE, FIRE!!!”


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.