Kilo 197 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Kilo 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: Apr 30, 2019

Graduates: June 21, 2019


Good morning, Friends and Family of KILO – 197.


Everything is earned; nothing is given rings true once again for KILO – 197. Every shipmate put every ounce of their energy into turning this company around. In earlier weeks we earned the right to have our colors, which is the KILO flag, hanging on our quarter deck. The goal is to earn our colors so we can march with them around the regiment however, we ended up losing them shortly after. This week KILO went to the gun range, where we earned the marksmanship pennant. Apart from that, kilo has been tested physically and mentally and everyone came out successfully. Kilo put sweat and tears into meeting the standards this week, and Saturday made it all look worth it. After a week of feeling like we couldn’t succeed because we had nothing more to give, our company commanders had us march around the regiment with our sea bags. After what felt like forever, we marched on to the parade field, we were then told to build a pyramid with our sea bags, and then gathered around the memorial like we did when we received our orders. After petty Officer Madrid gave one of his motivational, inspirational, and impactful speeches, he turned us around and in the middle of the seabag pyramid we had just created, waving in the wind, was the KILO flag, our company’s colors. The entire company ran as fast as they could to claim it, and began to chant “KILO Way’s the hard way!” Tears were shed as we all realized we had earned our colors, and our company commander’s stamp of pride for his company. This allowed us to go into our on base liberty with our heads held high.

We spent our on base liberty mostly at the on base Harborview club. We got to eat, and enjoy each other’s company, as well as have our phones. It was the first time since we began training that we got a little bit of freedom to sit and talk with family. KILO was ending the week on a much higher note then when we started it. Nothing can explain the bond the kilo has formed over these past six weeks. Today that bond got stronger and every shipmate was proud of one another; besides that, KILO also got to do a tour of the base and tour a cutter. It was exciting and a lot of the shipmates got to see what their next few years is going to look like. It is surreal for most that in a few weeks we will be at our stations, settling into our new way of life. Overall, this week was hard but worth it in every way. KILO is now the Senior Company and it feels good knowing we are only a few weeks away from being coast guardsmen. But everything is earned, and nothing is given, and that will be the way it is until graduation day.


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.