XRay 189 Recruit Journal Week 04


XRay 189 Recruit Journal   Week 04

Formed: June 03, 2014

Graduates: July 25, 2014


28Jun14 RECAP Week 04

This week has been quite the emotional roller coaster as we lost members, gained new ones, received speeches of despair, inspiration, anger and spite. Some of our shipmates are staring down the barrel of the Company Commanders firearms as they seek to prove they want to be in XRAY-189.

The most difficult pill to swallow was when we were informed that our company was so terrible, we may all face a 06 week reversion. With that in mind, we began looking at what we could do to improve. Our goal is to become louder than the other, larger companies. As it stands, we need 87 recruits to out yell 120 recruits in Alpha-190. We are getting louder, but to make it over Alpha we need to engage in a contest to get there. Another change we have seen is in our discipline where for a while it seemed we had almost none, over night it increased significantly. We still have a ways to go, but we are finally on the right track.

In other news, our company had two major tests this week: Physical Fitness and the Mid-term. We are happy to announce that everyone passed the Mid-term. However, there were 17 shipmates that will soon be meeting Mister Hingston’s “Appointment maker” which is the name of a physical fitness sled with weights.

Some funny moments:

-Chief Carire kicking around a nickel as we were in the middle of the company doing squats.

-Petty Officer Petrenko told us that he wanted us to look like we were going to kick his butt when we reported to formation commander. Eventually he broke out with: My wife could take you! Then looked at one of our most capable recruits “Actually I think my wife could take you Tysver!”

-Petty Officer LaFrance continues to taunt us with her singing and constant whispers when she whispers in the ear of a shipmate, all of us cringe a little inside.

-Chief Reid loves to weed through recruits stuff looking for anything out of place. And as she does, it is difficult to not laugh at her dry humor.

To end this week off, we’ll leave with a quote. “87 attached, 80 present, all hands present and/or accounted for, highly motivated, truly dedicated, Coast Guard recruits. We will never forget that we are American, fighting for freedom, responsible for our actions and dedicated to the principles which made our country free! We will trust in our God and in the United States of America!” as a shipmate leading the company in an emotional sound off.

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.