Kilo 198 Recruit Journal Week 05

International Maritime Signal Flag Kilo

Formed: January 28, 2020
Graduates: March 20, 2020

Progress is not always a straight line, but the key is to recognize the right steps forward. Today Kilo-198 met with their mentors, Rear Admiral Bouboulis and Master Chief McPhilamy. They took a generous amount of their time fielding questions from Kilo recruits on what their duty stations would be like and what to expect. Master Chief McPhilamy admonished us on how these next few weeks are about building trust, rather, us building trust to demonstrate the Coast Guard Core Values of Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty.

We should honor those who came before us, Respect the Uniform, and have the will to devote ourselves to our duty. We joined the lifesaving service, and that entails a great responsibility of carrying out every mission with 100% effort, and being Semper Paratus. Master Chief McPhilamy also talked about social media and cell phone use. Some shipmates admitting to missing it while others felt freed from the electronic prisons. We are learning new habits and getting ourselves in order, even when we mess up, we try again and improve, being faster with time objectives and organization.

Today in the galley, Kilo-198 Sounded off with such volume that it intimidated recruits from Mike-198, with some popping to attention and dropping their silverware! Things are starting to click, although we still have discrepancies to correct. Maintaining the right course and good habits prescribed by our Company Commanders will push Kilo-198 in that right direction to be worthy of entering the lifesaving service.
 “Eyes in the Boat Kilo-198”
SR Maman and SR Hernandez

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.

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