Kilo 198 Recruit Journal Week 02

International Maritime Signal Flag Kilo

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

Week 02, it was a week of various emotions, for all shipmates in Kilo-198. It was more of a challenge than we could have expected. Not just physically, but emotionally as well.

We were told to hold objects over our heads for every little mistake we made, such as using the back rest on our chairs in the classroom….they were there only for the structural integrity of the chair. Our lives have made a total turn around in a matter of a week. Some Shipmates have been waking in their sleep, crying out “Belay my Last, Petty Officer Grant”! We have even adjusted our bodies to wake up minutes before the voice of Tom Hanks (AKA Petty Officer Fortenberry) storms our squadbays like a wild stampede, only this stampede is yelling “Fire, Fire, Fire”!

Kilo-198 has had a painful week. Arms are sore, voices are strained, but we still manage to find our joy in the day, Black clouds covering deep purple skies in the morning, the sounds of waves crashing as we run at night, rain spraying our tireless faces. But the greatest gift of all was when Kilo finally got to open our mail from our loved ones back home. Sailor’s eyes grew full with homesick tears. Through all the pain, trackers, yelling and push-ups, we will always keep pushing for our loved ones back home. All we can do is look forward to the little things (and pay attention to them too) the sun kissed skies, our photos of family and friends, or the sounds of seagulls, that hadn’t sounded so peaceful until now. Oh how could I forget, one of the pinnacles of any night? The chewy bars, the sweet, sweet, chewy bars! We will keep appreciating the little bundles of joy we have, and keep our heads held high, because soon enough we will be hugging our loved ones. But till then, Kilo-198 sends our love back home.

“Eyes in the Boat Kilo-198”
SR Flemming and SR Mantzios

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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