Kilo 197 Recruit Journal Week 02


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Kilo 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: Apr 30, 2019

Graduates: June 21, 2019


Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

Go to:

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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“The day has finally arrived future members of Kilo 197 begin their travels to Cape May to be transformed from civilians to Coast Guardman. It didn’t hit a single recruit until we boarded the bus. Silence, nervousness, excitement, and fear of the unknown coursed thru each and every one of us. Upon arrival to the Cape May training center we were rushed off the bus by multiple company commanders. However no moment from our first 03 days compared to when we met our personal company commanders. Kilo 197 finally got to begin training and meet our lead company commander Petty Officer Madrid and our two assistant company commanders are Petty Officer Stephens and Petty Officer Misiuda. Between the three of them Kilo company has been pushed physically, mentally, and academically. Over the last week we have had a ton of classes learning about how to conduct ourselves, the proper way to speak and to live our lives by the Coast Guard core values. Our first two weeks have been busy, we have academic classes, fitness class three times a week with our instructor Mr. Smith, where we do circuits and weightlifting. When we are not in class, we are learning how to make our racks, walk and talk the proper way, and working together to become a better company. The days are jam-packed and we are still adjusting to our new way and our company commanders. One of our biggest challenges we face as a new company is the galley, which is where we eat and the company commanders drill us on our required knowledge. Petty Officer Stephens and Petty Officer Misiuda are always there to help us remember by making us sweat (incentive train) and yell out the correct answers over and over. Petty Officer Madrid is hard on us, Kilo 197 has adopted the phrase “Hard way is the Kilo way”, but it is because he wants all of us to be the strongest Coastguardsmen we can be. Every day Kilo becomes a stronger, louder, faster team, working together to keep every shipmates head up and helping one another to make it through training. We also began receiving our letters from loved ones this week and to be reminded why we are here and who we have supporting us was great. We are headed into week three with our heads up and held high and a strong we got this attitude. We came into this week as individuals who knew no one, and are ending it as one unit. We are brothers and sisters who have each other‘s back. Now it’s time for week three.”


SR Ernst



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.