Kilo 198 Recruit Journal Week 04

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

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As one observes recruits from different companies during their time at Training Center Cape May, it becomes clear that many opinions are shared by the men and women who seek to join the United States Coast Guard. One such opinion- week four is no fun at all! The sweat sessions are no joke but with every incentive training and every remedial, we come one step closer to victory. We just have to keep our eyes on the prize! During this week of training, the recruits took a lot of big steps forward in their training. For example, this week we had a first Close Order still test.

This evaluation would give us the responsibility and opportunity to march to various parts of the regiment on our own without our Company Commanders. This may seem like a minor accomplishment but it’s the small victories that keep us moving forward. We successfully demonstrated competence to march by ourselves! We also had the firefighting practical test. This is where everyone donned the gear that all the pros use to act out a dangerous emergency situation. The recruits also attended many important classes regarding their future housing options and how the financial details of receiving pay works in the Coast Guard. Another giant leap in the right direction.

Everyone in Kilo Company passed their Mid-Term exam!! However, with every step forward comes the chance to take steps backwards. We can’t afford to get complacent now. Kilo-198 definitely took their fair share of steps backwards this past week but another shared sentiment amongst the recruits at Training Center Cape May is that no matter how much it really sucks, it’s never impossible and everyone here is capable of doing it. It’s just a matter of effort. Until next time, Kilo-198 signing out!

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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