Kilo 199 Recruit Journal Week 05

International Maritime Signal Flag Kilo

Formed: October 13, 2020
Graduates:  December 04, 2020

Week 05 started out as a week of hope as Kilo-199 began to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  The recruits got a glimpse of how they would look on graduation day when they got fitted for their bravo dress uniforms, and shortly after they got a glimpse of how they would look underway on a cutter when they tried on neoprene survival float suits.  Kilo dropped into the TRACEN Cape May swimming pool and huddled together for the survival float test.  The test emulated a real life man overboard situation and emphasized the dangers of hypothermia.

Out of the water, Kilo-199 began studying seamanship, considered the true fundamentals of the Coast Guard.  The recruits learned their 05 basic knots as well as the composition of a vessel.  During the second seamanship class Kilo Learned helm commands and tested their knowledge in a sailing simulator.  All was going well for Kilo-199 as they moved through the week; classes were going smoothly, chow was delicious, and for once the company was sounding off louder and making more time objectives.  Kilo was on top of their game, and there was hope.

That is, until some recruits became too comfortable.  Halfway through the week things took a turn for the worse for Kilo-199; more and more recruits stopped yelling as loud and began missing time objectives.  The company commanders did not appreciate the new found comfort the Kilo-199 recruits found.  Kilo-199 was taught to never become comfortable and how advancement stops when people become too comfortable in their lives.  After the education provided, Kilo-199 received some additional education in finances; a well needed class for a group of growing young men and women.  Later on the reality of military life became ever so realistic when Kilo-199 received their official military IDs, Common Access Cards.

The morale of Kilo-199 was slowly beginning to rise again.  On Friday, Kilo-199 was marched to their usual classroom for what we thought would be another class on the military benefits.  Were we in for a surprise… ORDERS!  Kilo-199 received their first official duty stations.  With high hopes, military bearing was lost and Kilo-199 needed to be reminded again that we need not to get comfortable.  Later that night, Kilo was allowed one phone call home to inform their loved ones of where they were headed and to begin the facilitation of moving across the country or down the road for some.

Kilo-199 then had mail time with their lead company commander, Petty Officer Aulph.  This was a test in disguise.  Petty Officer Aulph handed out mail in a light hearted manner to try and garner smiles, grins, laughter, or anything that would go against the military bearing rules set forth.  Kilo-199 barely passed the test, but they managed.  The focus would now shift to a close order drill test that was to be administered on Monday.  Kilo-199 must march themselves, without the assistance of a company commander.  If Kilo-199 passes and performs exceptionally they will be able to receive their “colors”, a Kilo Flag;  A square with yellow on the port side and blue on the starboard.  A true testament of improvement and accomplishment on the TRACEN Cape May regiment.

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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