Kilo 197 Recruit Journal Week 05

International Maritime Signal Flag Kilo

Kilo 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: Apr 30, 2019

Graduates: June 21, 2019


‘ This week was a big week for Kilo. Week five kicked off with us being assigned our dress uniforms which everyone was excited and proud to get. However, things got even better when our company commanders marched us to the Coast Guard Enlisted Memorial and handed us our futures. Getting our orders was a huge step, and when Petty Officer Misiuda told us we get to call home everyone lit up and no one could contain their excitement. Later in the week we got to meet with our company mentor BMCM Audette he took his time answering questions about the units and what the next few days look like. Afterword’s he went with us to the conference course. The confidence course is filled with challenging obstacles, obstacles that required help from every shipment. The confidence course was a milestone for Kilo. We proved not only to our company commanders but to our shipmates that we are one team, who support one another and always have each other‘s back. This is imperative to get kilo ready for the last few weeks of training. This week was better also because we did not have to sweat as much as we did our last few weeks. In place of sweating we get evening routine, where we get time to work on bettering ourselves. We also started an art crew to design our company T-shirts and bags. We choose a company project which involves sanding down and repainting the hall that we are living in. We wanted to give back leave Munro Hall better than we found it. Overall Kilo has settled into being an independent Company. Everyone has jobs and roles to keep the company working as a unit. As of this week we are a senior company on the regimen which allows us to march around the regiment on our own and follow a schedule without having a company commander present. In Kilo we always say “everything is earned nothing is given” Kilo received a lot of things this week and it feels a million times better because we all had to work hard to earn it. This week we earned our blood drive pennant for having over 75% of the company sign up to save lives and donate blood. We earned the privilege to march around the regiment without our company commanders. We earned more time to work on our uniforms and squad bays and on Saturday we took a s large step towards earning our colors, which is our Company Flag. Week fived has come and gone but it was the best week for Kilo.


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.