Kilo 198 Recruit Journal Week 03

International Maritime Signal Flag Kilo

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

The air was tense this week, both metaphorically and physically. The air was sharp as nails, our faces fought the blistering, black flag winds, our minds raced at the threat of red belts and R.A.M.P.

The training wheels are coming off, and the stakes are much higher. The highlights of our week are delightful French toast sticks, and receiving our dress uniform name tags, it made us feel one step closer to our graduation. The days are slow, but the weeks are fast. Indoctrination weekend feels like yesterday, and it actually just about was for Lima-198. We are no longer the junior company on the regiment, and although we are still working on our team skills, we need to set a proper example for all the freshly cut, scared to their skivvies week 01 recruits. Just as India and Juliet companies had done for us.

We are slowly starting to work as a team, and have finally been granted the rights to have fellow recruits march us and do cadence. Even if we have ended up marching in the grass a multitude of times, it felt gratifying to be able to march with interdependence. One of the most gratifying experiences so far has to have been our first real lesson with our M-16 pieces. We were spared and given mercy, we are finally not just holding our pieces as punishment in the dreaded “Sniper” position. We are finally learning what we have been waiting to learn.

Although we are still definitely doing our fair share of sweating throughout the week. We finished the week off learning how to polish our boots, just as we are polishing up our acts, things are coming together, slowly but surely. Halfway there Kilo-198!

“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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