Kilo 197 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Kilo 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: Apr 30, 2019

Graduates: June 21, 2019


Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

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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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WEEK 07 Summary


Week 07 has come and gone. 07 weeks ago we were strangers, stepping off a bus together, to begin the hardest training of our lives. Thrown into our house with 03 tough, exhausting, and extremely honorable Company Commanders. As we spent every day striving to be better and failing a lot in the beginning, we grew into a family. This week was filled with large victories. The largest was raising our Kilo flag over the regiment and removing our recruit covers. As one unit, we donned our official Coast Guard covers and felt immense pride. Throughout training our Company Commanders reminded us constantly of 02 important lessons. The first being that “Everything is earned, nothing is given.” The second is doing the right thing even when it’s hard. However, it is not hard to adapt to that when our leaders always lead by example. Surprising as it may seem, even though they were tough on every single shipmate, our respect for them bonded us even more. As we look back at where we started, it is insane to see who we have grown into. When we first got here, we were scared, anxious, and uncertain of what our future held. This week, we are excited, confident and determined Coastguardsman ready for our next adventure.

We would not be ready if it weren’t for Petty Officer Madrid who taught us to hold our heads up high even in the hardest of times. We would not be ready if it weren’t for Petty Officer Stephens who pushed us past our limits and showed us we are stronger than we ever thought was possible. We would not be ready if it weren’t for Petty Officer Misiuda who taught us the value of compassion and the balance of kindness and authority. Kilo is a special company filled with and trained by different personalities. These personalities make Kilo. With 01 week left, it is bitter sweet knowing we won’t be with our shipmates, but the impact we have had on one another will never leave us. Our time in training was hard, but what made it durable was our shipmates. Finding times to laugh, smile and get to know one another. On days that were especially hard, we leaned on one another until one day we were all standing tall. We were told from the start that the key to being successful is being a good and helpful shipmate. This proved correct for Kilo as we adjusted ourselves from being about our own success to the company’s. The last lesson we were taught was if one fails, we all fail. We believed that was only for our shipmates, but looking back, it was proven that it was also our Company Commander’s motto for us. We won’t fail because of them and because of their training; we won’t let our shipmates fail either. Seven weeks ago, we never dreamed we could make it here, but miraculously here we are. We are stronger, better and faster than ever. With traits drilled into us by the most incredible, respectable and selfless leaders, KILO-197 is forever grateful.

Semper Paratus



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.