Kilo 197 Recruit Journal Week 04

International Maritime Signal Flag Kilo

Kilo 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: Apr 30, 2019

Graduates: June 21, 2019

Exhaustion, pressure and long days is what KILO-197 spent week 04 pushing through and overcoming. We began our firefighting classes and got to learn how to put on all the gear and work as a team to contain fires. KILO also had the midterm exam which means we are officially halfway through training. Besides growing skill wise and academically, KILO company has grown into a better team. Each day this week, KILO has been striving to meet the expectations of our Company Commanders. After many trial and errors, we managed to meet those expectations the last half of the week. Saturday was a huge turning point for KILO. Our Lead Company Commander, Petty Officer Madrid, has two sayings for KILO. One is “Everything is earned, nothing is given” and as he said this to us, he pulled out the KILO flag and told us we earned to have it hanging in the hall we live in. After which, we then found out we would be marching in the sunset parade. This was a much needed small victory for all the shipmates in KILO company. KILO is officially a senior company on the regiment.

We are required to set the standards to junior companies, but it also means we have earned extra time to make sure our uniforms are perfect and everything is inspection ready. This is known as Evening Routine, where we iron our uniforms and prepare for the next day of training. This extra hour is a huge advancement to our success in training. Overall, week 04 was hard and not making the objectives of our Company Commanders really beat down the entire company. But, it allowed everyone to get closer and work together as a unit, which has been the goal since day one. KILO would not be able to make it through without each and every shipmate. The biggest victory this week was feeling that we made our Company Commanders proud, and we earned the right to have our flag hung up. This has lifted everyone’s spirits and has us motivated to keep earning KILO company dominance on the regiment. We are walking into week 05 standing a little taller than before and feeling ready for the next phase of training.



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.