XRay 190 Recruit Journal Week 06



Formed: February 10, 2015

Graduates: April 3, 2015


Week 06 Summary


“Semper Paratus is our guide”, our voices scratched as the United States Coast Guard Cutter Dependable left the pier and deployed. No matter how much Xray-190 practiced and tried to harmonize, nothing could compare to the superfluous cadence produced by our Company Commanders. Throw in some combat boots and shave Michael Jackson’s head and you’d have our Company Commanders. Xray-190’s Lead Company Commander decided to test the waters and give the company their colors rather than put them through grueling exhausting torture. A part of marching with colors is singing; Xray-190 wants to be the loudest and proudest company on the regiment, even if that means yelling and slurring words together because they can’t quite understand the cadence.

There comes a point in every person’s life where they must spar to the death with a giant Q-tips for Honor and Respect……. This is also known as Pugil Sticks here in recruit training. With oversized football helmets, camo lifejackets, and cushiony jockstraps, recruits entered into the ring as their shipmates cheered them on and Company Commanders heckled in good spirits. As fun as that was, it would have been more entertaining to see the Company Commanders duel it out. However, it’s been made known through the grapevine that Xray-190’s Lead Company Commander wrestled a mountain lion. That being said, you should probably steer clear of someone able to take on a mountain lion; it might be safer to just have recruits knock each other on their butts.

As hard as it is to top pugil sticks, that was not the highlight of Xray-190’s week, on base liberty was. Six hours of texting, calling, and stuffing our faces with candy and junk food. To be responsible, Xray-190 left early and remained locked on. After coming back to the squadbay, everyone did what they were supposed to without talking and.. just to mention, Xray-190 did this without the microscopic supervision of their Company Commander’s.

I don’t know how but somehow our Company Commanders formed 100 something civilians into squared away recruits almost ready for the fleet. Maybe they really are just superheros and their capes are hidden because at the beginning of bootcamp it felt like superpowers were the only thing that could cure Xray-190. Well there’s only two more weeks to go and Xray-190 is ready to train 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.