Kilo 197 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Kilo 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: Apr 30, 2019

Graduates: June 21, 2019


Good morning, Friends and Family of KILO – 197.


Another week down for Kilo-197. Week 03 took off full speed ahead, and most of KILO is still a little overwhelmed. Over the week we have gotten to know our company commanders a little better. We know what kind of day we are going to have based on which one is in charge. Petty officer Madrid is our Lead Company Commander. When we hear his voice or see him first thing, the entire company breathes in a sigh of relief. Not because he is an easy leader, because he is the first one to call us out, but because Petty Officer Madrid also gives us time to train, and prepare for future training. His training holds a lot of weight and respect with Kilo-197. One of our Assistant Company Commanders is Petty Officer Misiuda. She’s the Companies favorite Assistant CC. She is hard on us, she makes us sweat, but she also takes care of the company. The females have a lot of respect for her, and when the company gets down, Petty Officer Misiuda knows just what to say to help us through. Our Last Company Commander is Petty Officer Stephens. As soon as we hear his voice we all know that it is going to be a hard day. Petty Officer Stephens pushes is until we are exhausted. He is the first one to call us out for the smallest things. You can usually hear him say “Attention to Detail” 50 times a day. Usually when the company is sweating.


When the three of them walked up on forming day, they looked huge, scary, and all of Kilo took a moment to panic. However, we have survived another week. This week Kilo began Seamanship classes. These classes’ hands on classes preparing us for sea time after training. Our instructor taught us how to tie various knots and all the different lines we will see in the fleet. We spent a lot of hours at Seamanship class but when we weren’t there we were in other classes like fitness or learning how to march. This week was a little easier as a company. As a company we are slightly more independent as a company. Most of our Shipmates have jobs with the company, so when the sweating slows down everyone focuses on their job within the company or preparing for the next day. Kilo has grown close. Having to work as a team and make it through each day has made us stronger as a company and closer as shipmates. Our mentality is if one fails we all fail. We have seen a lot of progress from week 02. We all also got the “Cape May Crud” a terrible cough and runny nose, but we are taking care of one another and keeping everyone’s heads up. Week 03 was a better week for KILO-197, and we are hoping that trend will continue.


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.