XRay 189 Recruit Journal Week 03



X-Ray 189 Recruit Journal Week 03 Formed:   June 03, 2014

Graduates: July 25, 2014


Recap of week 03 for XRAY-189

As the week passed us by, we found ourselves in one bind after another as we continually failed to meet time objectives. In one highly memorable incident, our lead company commander came onto the quarterdeck literally foaming at the mouth due to the entire female squad bay missing movement. This resulted in the removal of the female squad leader from her duties and being replaced by another shipmate. Under the new female squad leader’s guidance the squad bay has gotten slightly better at being on time.

The Recruit Aptitude and Motivation Program, RAMP, began this week and many of our shipmates have found themselves at the mercy of the RAMP Company Commanders. Whether the session consisted of sprints, physical fitness with the piece or line pulling evolutions, anyone who has attended RAMP has felt the agony placed onto them for their miss behaviors or short comings. RAMP also goes along with one of the lessons we learned about this week, consisting of the Code of Conduct…

The United States armed forces recognize that everyone has a breaking point where they give in. The goal of the code of conduct is to aide prisoners of war in retaining their resolve and to not give in easily. Basic training in all services serves to re-enforce and train our forces to increase that limit. Some might feel like what we do is too much and our families might hear about the “horror stories” we are going through it’s like our Company Commanders say “it can always be worse Xray”! We all need to take it in stride and realize we are being trained to serve our country in the worst conditions Mother Nature has to offer and we need to be ready and in shape to face those situations and complete the task at hand quickly and safely.

On Friday Tango-189 graduated and we attended by marching in their ceremony. For a very brief moment we were able to carry our real company colors or flag! Sadly the guidon bearer or person marching with the company flag surrendered our colors to a Company Commander out of our Chain of Command, which is a no, no. Luckily one of our shipmates stepped in and we were able to recover our colors!

This week also marked our first week of seamanship. While we were learning how to do basic helmsman duties and knot tying, our Company Commanders were applying their basic seamanship skills to our go fasters, tennis shoes. When we returned to our squad bays, everyone’s shoes were tied together in a giant ball on the quarter deck. Sorting through those shoes was a nightmare as it took approximately 20 minutes to sort them and at least 05 minutes were spent arguing the most efficient method of resolving the problem.

In some respect Xray-189 is coming along as a team, in others we need a lot of work! With the assistance of some shipmates we are finding it easier to increase morale as some shipmates find their leadership voices within the company. We still have a lot of work to do in the next Ø5 weeks. Required knowledge is one aspect of training which we must overcome! It is beginning to awaken a leviathan within our company commanders- with any luck we will overcome this hurdle before the leviathan is unleashed!

In closing we would like to pass along how much we appreciate the support from our families and even strangers who send in mail, it helps immensely!

Also” We were reminded that sacrifice is essential to get where you need to be in life. Without sacrifice you are not taking chances to improve, and without improvement you stay stuck in the same place you’ve always been, never moving forward”.

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.