XRay 191 Recruit Journal Week 01



XRay 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 15, 2015

Graduates: November 6, 2015


The ride to Philadelphia International Airport was very long and full of stories. But it all paled to the bus to Cape May. The bathroom was backed up on my bus and the stench of crap, the nervous conversations, the last minute phone calls were what we thought set the tone for our first night at the Cape. Looking back we couldn’t have been more wrong. After pulling up, all of us civilians staring out the bus windows waiting for the Company Commanders to get us. The person in the back calling out “there they are”. When really they were just recruits walking by. No sooner than when we saw those Smokey bear covers come out of Sexton Hall we were a whirl of bodies and elbows flying towards the formation triangles and we were no longer civilians. The blasting of shouting constantly shaped us into the raw recruits they needed. Though we were green and always screwing up we still had our successes. Marching back to Sexton and hearing the company fall into step for the first time was magical. As these successes happened we were getting closer and closer to forming and meeting our real Company Commanders. Then right in Sexton Hall after Captain Prestidge’s speech our lives were turned further upside down. The IT, time objectives, sweat, pain, and our Company’s bonding started. It was a strangely awesome thing though knowing to expect IT when we failed. The downright funny moments like Hutchins having to march around the galley shouting his own name to look for himself after not responding and the departing of our vocal cords have been the real tone for Cape May, at least for XRAY-191 right now.


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.