XRay 191 Recruit Journal Week 04


XRay 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 15, 2015

Graduates: November 6, 2015


To say this week was all sunshine and rainbows would be a crock of crap. This week was by far our Company’s hardest week so far. We started off on our high horse sipping on a cup of joe. Then we proceeded to make our way right into squaring our meals. For those who don’t know that squaring your meal is, it’s the process of bringing your food to your mouth not your mouth to your food. It is not fun. After such a great week last week, you gotta be wondering how it is we went so far backwards? It’s actually really simple. All that has to happen is a for a Company to get a little too cozy in their new “home.” We didn’t do what we should have, and did what we should not have. On top of that was who we got called out on for it; our Section Commander. The man can revert Recruits on the spot. Yes, it was Chief Arseneaux who got us with a rack inspection. He did not hold back. We already lost two Recruits earlier in the week to other incidents. Now we have been getting hints that a Section Commander inspection was coming soon so everyone’s rack should be good to go 24/7. Wrong. Chief Arseneaux came in and sent two Recruits packing right off the bat before deciding the racks were pitiful and he was going to come back. So we get thirty minutes to shower after a workout later in the day which is an eternity in Recruit Training. Some took initiative to prepare their racks after the shower, while others did not. Well guess what, right when that time objective hit zero Chief Arseneaux walks in the door. The Chief did not hold back tossing Recruits probation, RAMP, and even reversion. Many shipmates were lost there in those minutes, banished back a week in training. Nearly everyone got a night or two of RAMP and the very few lucky ones made it through unscathed. In case you don’t know what RAMP is, it’s this awesome hour and a half long butt kicking you can get sent to by your Lead Company Commander to really drive points home. You arrive at 2030 in front of James Hall where the tools of torture lay out, type 01 PFD’s, wooden logs, pump cans, M1 Garand’s. For that hour and a half you high knees holding out your hands, or incentivly train, or try to hold greased pieces out in front of you or their favorite, sending you back and forth across the parade field in 35 seconds or less. If you fall behind, they train you separately and give you a new RAMP ticket to come back again. Now even though it sounds horrible, RAMP can not touch the pain of our Lead Company Commander making us walk not march, with our hands in our pockets, heads hung low and sounding off with, “We are XRAY and we don’t care” around the Regiment as one of our many punishments for our horrid and embarrassing rack inspection. Not to mention the fact that we had our pieces upside down during the march of shame. I can tell you there’s no worse feeling than marching by a junior Company and they look better than us. We strive to be the best and we won’t forget how bad it sucked to hit the bottom of the barrel this week. XRAY is going to take that and use it as motivation and not dwell on the past, but learn from our mistakes. Some good things did come from this week though, like at the live fire range we not only tied Yankee Company, our sister Company, in qualifying shooters but had two Recruits shoot and qualify as experts. SR James and SR Huffman really had it going on. Because of them there are now six Recruits who have shot expert at TRACEN Cape May since they brought live fire back. That’s right, XRAY added two names to a list that had only four names on it before so Bravo Zulu to us for that. Even though we had those highlights, the fact remains we got beaten this week. On everything we didn’t go to the level we could have gone to or need to go to. Let’s just hope we can take it, learn from it, and make week five happen; we’re going to need to.



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.