XRay 190 Recruit Journal Week 04



XRay 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: February 10, 2015

Graduates: April 3, 2015


Week 04 Summary


The grace period is no longer applicable to Xray-190. Reversion and RAMP has spread through our company like a plague. In the Helmsman, there’s a chart stating the stress level per week, the first week being most stressful however, nothing compares to what we’ve experienced these past seven days. The highlight being a surprise rack inspection by the Regiments Section Commanders. Tears were shed by those getting sent back 02 weeks in training. This was the one time only a recruit would be thankful to receive RAMP only because the alternative was reversion. Although we hate to see our shipmates go, perhaps this is what we need to move our company in the right direction. On a positive note, this week we were able to fill out our “Dream Sheets”, pass our physical fitness assessment, and succeed at passing the midterm exam. When times get rough, it’s exciting to think of where we’ll be in less than a month. If we can survive that is.

It feels as if Incentive Training never ends, we keep messing up; therefore, our bodies pay for it. Some things such as time objectives are easy to understand why we fail but when we have two younger companies on the Regiment who are louder than us, it’s embarrassing. As of week 05, we will be considered a senior company and we need to start acting like it. We need to do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do. We need to be fast, be loud, and be proud. It’s just 8 weeks after all………..

It’s hard to gather thoughts about what to say because it’s almost a blur. Random things to mention would be the suffering our squad leaders endured for our wrong doings; this included sniper position, holding mattresses over head, holding a huge line overhead, incentive training and more while the rest of the company had to sit and watch. All of our decisions affect someone in one way or another. So every time we think “oh Timmy will take out the trash later” instead of just taking the initiative ourselves could result in the entire company suffering because nothing ever gets done with the mindset. Teamwork definitely needs to grow in Xray-190.

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.