XRay 191 Recruit Journal Week 03



XRay 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 15, 2015

Graduates: November 6, 2015


Back in Viet-nam one day it just began to rain, and by golly it didn’t stop, and we had rain, sometimes it was big rain, little stingy rain, sideways rain, shoot even rain that came straight up, or well at least gump did in Nam. Here in Cape May we got rain, fine rain; rain so small it should be an aerosol. Oh and wind too, wind that will literally remove a massive deep puddle of said rain straight into the air and away. Or rain that goes straight up, not from puddles, but from the eaves as wind shoots up the sides of buildings that’s what we got here at Cape May. Now even though rain has been big this week, it wasn’t at the beginning. Most of the days here were relatively sunny and enjoyable. It was Tuesday night the Chaplain had informed us of the potential hurricane moving up the coast. I’m not sure about a hurricane, but we got the next best thing. Once you get past the weather, our week was full of awesome non-induce classes. We got our first history lesson which barely contacted Coast Guard history in depth, but was awesome. We also got a class on how we will have our college paid for.   We all left that classroom astounded at what we can get, but also entirely grateful for this gift after crunching numbers and seeing its real value. In addition we had our safety classes this week. So even though you think a group of grown men would know how to put on a hard hat, we still learned this for about 4 hours to make sure we still had some common sense. Oh yeah, if you didn’t already know, you shouldn’t inhale metal polish or rub it in your eyes. But if you do, remember that one of your shipmates will sound off in a loud clear voice “help, help, help” and you will be safe in the Coast Guard. This type of stuff is repeated before every class. This repetition does actually help. Repetition like learning knots is fun and that place is at Seamanship. At first when your company commander marches you through some random bushes it gets the nerves going a little bit, but there it was, a glistening light sort of came out of the rain on this immaculate building directly on the water. Decoy coastie boats, ropes, wood trim, buoys, you name it. Anything cool was in this place. We actually got to take helm commands on boat driving simulators. It was a nice change of pace from the white bricks of the other class rooms. Seamanship is a place we enjoy and really take pride in what we are trying to do. The other thing we are proud of is our time objectives. The speed is really starting to take shape. Part of that is due to the reverted recruits who are helping us. We are all part of a team here. That’s the way it works. This team is growing stronger every day, but we aren’t maxing out yet, so bring on week 4 because XRAY is ready


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.