XRay 190 Recruit Journal Week 07

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XRay 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: February 10, 2015

Graduates: April 3, 2015

 

Week 07 Summary

 

In the event of this being the last entry in the Historian Log, I’ve decided to do a reflection of this entire experience rather than a summary of week 07 which would be rather uneventful and lack luster.

On the thirteenth of February BM1 Martin, DC1 Zammiello, BM1 Karpf, and BM2 Allen raised their right hand to affirm their oath of training recruits to the best of their ability. Their ability was proven to Xray-190. BM1 Martin may be short in stature but she’s big on developing civilians into marching toy soldier Coast Guard men and woman. The amount of times Petty Officer Martin asked “so you want to play games Xray?” made boot camp feel like the horror movie “SAW” where our punishments were used as her entertainment. Some of the highlights of recruit training directed by BM1 Martin include holding mattresses above our heads until our arms shook, faces turned pink, and every pore on our body sweat profusely. Another all time favorite was the change in/change out, screaming from a countdown of sixty seconds. Xray had to change into their operational dress uniform, black socks, and boondockers. When we failed at time objectives, we’d have to change out; this would continue on for what felt like forever. As BM1 Martin always said, you either have to be loud or meet the objective, you can’t suck at both. Just after a recent debrief with Petty Officer Martin, it was confirmed she found amusement in these remedials. Of course there was more to BM1 Martin than just playing games, she advised Xray-190 on the rules and regulations, set the company up for success and cared subtly about the well being of her recruits. In the beginning it was hard to believe DC1 Zammiello had the same interests. Everyone knew when Petty Officer Zammiello was in charge, there would be some sort of incentive training. However, the further in training Xray got, the more method to the madness we saw with Petty Officer Zammiello. In one point in training, there was a recruit who had trouble with the concept of the Company Commanders perception. Petty Officer Zammiello set the recruit and company straight by saying “The Coast Guard is literally paying you to work out. You get free medical and college benefits. No one asked you to be here.” And the more time Xray-190 spent with DC1 Zammiello, the more we learned her emphasis on things that actually matter and her sense of humor. “What the freak man!” and “Quit being a drama llama!” will infamously be what Petty Officer Zammiello is known for. #ItsJustOnePoop. On the opposite side of the spectrum, there’s BM1 Karpf. There’s an energy in Petty Officer Karpf that isn’t found in the other Company Commanders; the source of that energy being the sweat produced by “Lousy Echo Ones.” The energy vibes through BM1 Karpf, literally. He has this bounce he does while his hands shake as he gets in a recruits face to intimidate them. In the later weeks of training, the intimidation factor decreased slightly when he made humorous comments such as “You think I want to be here? No, I just want to go home and cuddle with my dog.” Of course that was stated while marching in the freezing cold. During our debrief with Petty Officer Karpf, we learned his career was primarily built upon being bored. Training recruits added that extra variety while attempting to single-handedly change the fate of Coast Guard recruits. BM1 Karpf has a strong devotion to duty and tells many tales of bravery which makes the fact that he locked himself in his compartment over a dead snake hilarious. Of course the biggest jokester of all the Company Commander’s, BM2 Allen, was on the other side of the door trying to get in. BM2 Allen is quite the character. There was pride in everything he taught us. One of his strongest core values is accountability, but he also knew that if we weren’t taught properly that it would be hard to hold us accountable, therefore BM2 Allen always set Xray-190 up for success. The tricks to achieve success could sometimes be silly. For instance, recruits who had trouble keeping their eyes in the boat would have to stare out the portholes and play “I Spy”. “I spy a tree, I spy a bird, and oh I spy a unicorn!” All while Xray had to remain locked on. One of the funniest things to spill out of BM2 Allen’s mouth was when he screamed in the most serious angry tone at the male squad bay “Quit crop dusting across the quarterdeck!”

No one comes to boot camp thinking “My Company Commanders are going to be awesome” but as of 29MAR15 Xray can honestly say they love and appreciate their Company Commanders for all of their time and dedication put into Xray-190. This has been a long, adventurous journey but all we can say is thank you BM1 Martin, DC1 Zammiello, BM1 Karpf, and BM2 Allen.

 

~SR Green

 

Coast Guard Recruit Company XRay 190 Graduation Program

 

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.

 

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