XRay 190 Recruit Journal Week 05



XRay 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: February 10, 2015

Graduates: April 3, 2015


Week 05 summary


Xray-190 survived search and rescue week! Well, a majority of the company did. If you were to ask any female pre-boot camp to get dressed, brush their teeth, do their hair and be ready in 07 minutes they would have scoffed, but now some are even faster than the males. Not only is Xray-190 meeting a majority of their time requirements, they’re beating them. As Xray-190 continues to strive, responsibility stacks up. This past week has included moving into Healy Hall which is for the senior companies on the regiment, performed work details, received orders, tried on our dress uniforms and much more. It’s game time. Chiefs, Master Chiefs, and Officers occupy offices all around the building which means that every recruit needs to be doing the right thing because it’s the right thing to do, even when no one is looking; the one time a recruit consciously slips up and someone is looking, that’s going to most likely result in reversion. At this point in training, reversion is no joke.

Also no joke is Recruit Aptitude Motivational Program or RAMP. I was personally able to experience this program and it definitely motivates you not to mess up. In brief, RAMP is an hour and a half of pouring sweat with activities ranging from pushups to 10 pound pieces being held straight for long periods of time to lifting heavy rope above our heads. Throughout the duration of the program, recruits must always be doing knee highs even during breaks and drinking water. Once it’s over, you appreciate Incentive Training. To top it all off, when RAMP is completed, recruits must stand watch the hour following RAMP which is no fun when worn down and exhausted.

On a more positive note, Xray-190 has improved vastly on Manual of Arms. The better we get, the more opportunity we have to learn fancy techniques. Xray-190 is a lot of things other companies aren’t, the size of our company being one of them. Our Company Commanders are the best selection of people to tame Xray-190; almost like an episode of Nanny 911 where the nannies are assigned to children based on their own disciplinary methods. Their expertise will lead Xray-190 to graduation in just 02 weeks.

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.