XRAY 190 Recruit Journal Week 02


XRAY 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: February 10, 2015

Graduates: April 3, 2015
XRAY-190 Week 02 Summary

As the week comes to an end most recruits take time to look back at what the past week has thrown at them. As week 02 comes to an end we can say we have made it through the week. Like any other week, it has been stressful. The Company Commanders are still hounding us for everything. Some of the things may seem little but there is a huge attention to detail here. Everything we do, from keeping our fingers together while doing push-ups to putting our caps (we call them covers here) on as soon as we leave a building.

Like most of us know the early stages of bootcamp are the most stressful. We may not completely act like members of the Coast Guard but we certainly look like one, for the most part. XRAY-190 is getting better at everything we do whether or not we show it or not. We’ve come a long way, we’ve lost a couple people along the way but we’ve also gained a few. We are learning more and more as each day goes by, and we are held accountable for every bit of information they teach us. We have gone through the rates and ranks of the Coast Guard and how to address personnel properly. We are starting to be tested on our required knowledge which is easy to remember when a fellow shipmate asks you while you’re studying but 10 times harder when you have a Company Commander screaming in your face.

This week we were issued our “pieces” or what most civilians would call a rifle. It is a demilitarized replica of an M-16. Of course there’s some form of intensive training (IT) that comes along with receiving our pieces. We are also learning some movements with our pieces. Having your piece and marching around gives you a sense of pride. We also completed our swim assessment this week which turned out to be much harder than most expected. Some people actually didn’t pass which means they have to go to remedial swim which mean they have to wake up 45 minutes earlier to go to “swim lessons”! As if they weren’t getting enough sleep already. Speaking of sleep, the days just keep getting harder and harder. Trying to stay awake in class is one of the hardest parts of the day. This week we started to learn how to stand watch. Standing watch is no joke; being late will get you reverted. Being on watch also takes away more precious sleep.

Training Center Cape May has thrown us recruits a lot in week 02 but nothing we can’t handle if we come together and work as one, which will come in time. But until then, we keep marching on!


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.