Xray 190 Recruit Journal Week 03


Xray 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: February 10, 2015

Graduates: April 3, 2015


The average recruit at Cape May gets roughly seven and a half hours of sleep. Now subtract two hours for standing watch, another hour for those with remedial swim and you are looking at 4-5 hours of sleep to run off of. Sleep deprivation is a struggle for many, particularly after hours of classroom instruction. It seems the only way to get through the day is to live by the infamous “Chow, Chow, Chow, Chewy Bars.”

As week four approaches, it is mind-boggling to see how much Xray-190 has progressed yet be in a stand still. This week has been hectic and filled with classes varying from safety to history to sexual assault and everything else in between. Also factor in several incentive training sessions, bike workouts and training circuits and this is the process of transforming roughly 130 civilians from across the country into proud Coast Guard men and woman.

Our Company Commander’s primary mission is to ensure Xray-190 graduates with the highest quality recruits. Two means of doing so include RAMP and Reversion. In simple terms, RAMP is everything one could hate about incentive training times TEN! The thought of RAMP instills a sense of fear in recruits to do the right thing not only to avoid RAMP but because it is the right thing to do. Reversion is for those who cannot get with the program and get sent back a week or two in training. As dreadful as these methods seem, it’s essential to weed out the weak, hold “sandbaggers” accountable for their actions, and start to form true Xray-190 which will be strong, proud, brave, courageous, and much more. As for now, we are still tired and some would do anything for a cup of coffee.

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.