XRay 189 Recruit Journal Week 06


XRay 189 Recruit Journal Week 06

Formed: June 03, 2014

Graduates: July 25, 2014


As the company began marching with Petty Officer Petrenko, we wondered where he could possibly be leading us. As we stepped onto the gravel, Petty Officer Petrenko called a series of marching commands and explained all of this was meant to help us get better at marching on various surfaces. However, the tension began to build as we passed some familiar vehicles and sand.

“Let’s see if you can stay in step!” Yelled Petty Officer Petrenko leading us down the soft terrain. Working our way through the sand was difficult in boondockers, but we were marching. Suddenly, Chief Reid was within eye sight, some of us cringed in fear “what did we do now?” thoughts of others were “what are we in for this time?”; in the distance we heard another voice, “Get over here XRAY! Form it up!” Petty Officer LaFrance called out. We took off in what we believe could be called a run until everyone formed up, and then the sweat came. Petty Officer Lafrance started us with push-ups and Crunches followed by “ I want them low, and I want them fast” Petty Officer Petrenko’s squats and flutter kicks and finally Chief Reid had the honor of finishing us out with planks, dead cockroaches and supermans..

Standing up we simply stared out at the sand dunes until the next command came, “About Face!” As we turned we saw a man dressed in rescue swimmer gear with a pole and our glorious Fabric “You want your colors X-ray?” We all screamed “ Yes Chief Carire!” “Come and get’em!”

Off we sprinted, grabbing the real Xray guidon chanting “Xray,Xray,Xray!”

Our rite was ended with one final act; Chief Carire lined us up along the water’s edge and had us all taste the sea to symbolize that is the last thing someone tastes before help arrives.

This week was hectic, and it was a great way for us to end the week of our up and down attitude. And it did begin rough.

“Do you know why we are out here?” Senior Chief Ashley asked “Look to your right,” a line had begun to form up with shipmates and their sea bags. “ You failed your shipmates, UP-DOWN-Out-IN position take!” Sadly we lost 14 shipmates this week, and are struggling to find new ways to retain others that are at risk of reversion. Later on in the week we eared ourselves yet another painful experience when our squad bays were left in disarray. Chief Reid and Petty Officer LaFrance oversaw us marching around with nearly 60lbs on our backs. No one came out of that experience without soreness. Though after maybe something clicked because the company seems to have gotten better.

This week was a roller coaster for Xray. When everything was said and done a shipmate put it best “The Coast Guard has incentive training down to a perfect science!”


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.