XRay 191 Recruit Journal Week 02


XRay 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 15, 2015

Graduates: November 6, 2015


Wow, what a week can do to 60 civilians thrown into a swirling bowl of fire. The yelling, the time objectives, incentive training and remedial instructions all code for legal torture have made us all nothing like we were before. XRAY’s week involved everyday 0530 wakeups to a whistle and a voice yelling “Fire Fire Fire, “Hurry up get out of bed”. I’m sure if you guys are aware but we get no coffee in this place, all natural wake ups doing pushups and crunches with eye crust and morning breath combo. All of that makes for awesome well energizing night sleep when you are awake laying in a constant fear of that whistle blowing. And even if you are awake as I can say from experience every morning it still scares you and makes your heart stop and as you throw on those go fasters to go form up you are just sending up those unanswered prayers for 10 more minutes of sleep. After we come out of our zombie mode everyone is looking towards the first chow of the day. Stepping into this galley is far different from your school café or dining common. Imagine this, a chum bucket gets dumped in a shark tank…you know how the rest goes. They will pick you apart, and destroy for one simple mistake just remember if you ever find yourself at USCG TRACEN galley, keep you right shoulder to something, your cups to the right, and tuck in those elbows. Every Company Commander swarms the decks waiting for you to make a mistake. Once that elbow slips wide or your body does not transit fast enough they strike, required knowledge questions and performance trackers begin to rain from the heavens a high. Company Commanders are very great team players, pack animals even and they adore sharing the kills. And performance trackers can kill permanent records of your mistakes that will always follow you like that stray dog you fed once and forever makes your life harder. In the TRACEN galley we have seen a recruit get 2 of those puppies in one encounter. It’s one punishment after another in here. If you’re the most mentally inferior company you will be the most physically superior. For XRAY-191 we could go either way. We have some brain fart moments, but there is a slight flicker from the bulbs in our head from time to time starting to surface. Time objectives seem to be completed on a 50/50 basis and it is a tug of war between those of us moving forward, and the few or even one person that makes us fail a mission. Those hard realities are really driving to us what true team work is, and that is making sure that your job is done and that your shipmates can rely on you having your job done, not nesseccarily helping each other. The biggest thing of our week though was the change we see but don’t yet feel. We see the new forming recruits who were us just a week ago and can’t understand how clueless they can be as our company is on its way to getting squared away. We see the change but feel the same and we know the rest is to come but we questions when, but the only answer we have is how it will happen and that is in the words of our Chaplain, “through challenge comes courage, strength, skill, and discipline”. XRAY-191has faced the challenge of week 2 and next comes the challenge of week 3.

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.