Kilo 191 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Kilo 191   Recruit Journal

Formed: June 2, 2015

Graduates: July 24, 2015


Week 03 made week 02’s physical training look like child’s play. The frequency and intensity matching that of the lightning that assaulted Cape May earlier in the week. Monday we began our safety afloat class which reminded a lot of us that we can easily perish in the line of duty without proper training. We also had several classes including history of the Coast Guard and seamanship, both of which mirrored the meticulous nature of the physical training, our brains becoming as fit as our muscles. A lot of us are feeling overwhelmed, our stomachs in knots like the ones we learned in seamanship. The physical training that we’ve endured has been ingrained in our minds and I’m pretty sure I’ve caught several shipmates doing the dreaded flutter kicks in their sleep. The pace of week 03 slowed slightly on Friday when our company attended G191’s graduation. It made us smile in admiration and dread the difficult weeks we have left. The atmosphere of basic training became slightly lighter Friday evening when some of us attended choir. It was an amazing stress alleviator since the days prior were full throttle. It’s true what they say the days go by slow but the weeks go by quickly. We just need to stay fast, stay loud and stay locked on and our career in the fleet will be a reality.


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.