Navy Seaman Apprentice Mathieu Cote was recently promoted to his current rank upon graduation from recruit training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.
Cote received the early promotion for outstanding performance during all phases of the training cycle. The training included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.
The capstone event of boot camp is “Battle Stations,” which is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of honor, courage, and commitment.
Cote is a 2009 graduate of New Fairfield High School and the son of Stacey Coffey of Beacon Falls, and Michael Cote of Wallingford.