XRay 191 Recruit Journal Week 05


XRay 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 15, 2015

Graduates: November 6, 2015


Tears and sweat. Those two items summed up week 05 for us. The sweat was of course for our mistakes and general lack of attention to detail among other things. The tears though are the real story. I honestly don’t believe a single recruit made it past this week without big globby nasty tears spilling down their face. The awesome thing about it though is the reasons why every recruit was a big sobbing mess at some point these last few days. To know those reasons though we’ve got to go back a few days.

The week was rather normal with some cool classes like Radio Basic, Finances, Travel Entitlements, and Personal Flotation devices as some of our course titles. So the closest we have come to cell phones in recruit training are the Walkie Talkies from Radio Basic Class. It’s funny how once you are stripped from civilization you can find such a simple device entertaining. Overall when we were reading and recording radio logs it sounded awesome. Switching from that very hands on training, we had our finance class that taught us how to maintain steady finances and the basics of how we should plan for retirement. Next we got to learn about the many ways we can get to our newly assigned units and how to do it in the easiest and most beneficial way for ourselves during Travel Entitlements Class. In addition to all of that we learned how to properly wear our personal flotation devices in case of ship board emergency. Of course we had to race Yankee Company to see who could don them faster to wrap the class out also.

Now even though those classes are cool and all those things were nowhere near our exciting highlights. Those things really started to roll just yesterday. Now this will be hard to believe but in the last 48 hours we have had our lives turned upside down yet again. For those keeping track at home yes, that is the third or fourth time since we got here and yes it is entirely possible. In these last hours our company has had a major low and shot straight back up. Now those tears started Friday morning with our week 05 inspections. Those inspections put our losses at 28. 28 of our shipmates since forming, nearly half of our original company of around 60 recruits have been reverted or rephased. 28 times families got that phone call from their kid, or a loved one telling their significant other that they will be here even longer. And that brought some tears for our lost shipmates and their families. Most of these losses came from the Section Commander Inspections, A critique of our racks, brains, and skills in some crazy amounts of high pressure. After that tornado came our manual of arms and close order drill review also by our Section Commanders. Even after the sad and hard events just moments before Xray showed up for business.

All of that wasn’t even it for Friday! As we marched our entire belongings to our new home like big balloons with ruck sacks on our stomachs, sea bags on our backs and other items in our hands we were excited to go up those stairs to our new squad bays. We immediately started to get things squared away. Racks made, heads and squad bays cleaned and moving all of the company’s files from our old to new home for the yeoman filled our mid day as we started to settle in to our new surroundings. It sounds like a lot to have happen in just a couple hours but Xray had motivation.

That motivation was the last thing we did at James Hall and that was receiving our orders. As Chief Ingram and Chief Brost read our orders we all got pumped. None of us as pumped as one of our shipmates though, when that hopeful Marine Science Technician heard he was going to the Polar Star, The Arctic Ice Breaker and research Vessel he could barely stand up. Once he did get himself up he was so pumped up that out he pumped out a little. The tears of happiness literally flowed.

As if that wasn’t enough to make a day in Recruit training we had a 3k run Friday night for the Coast Guard Enlisted Memorial Fund followed by a pizza Party. The recruits were able to order shirts and buy into the pizza party that followed the run, by doing that we helped raise over $5000 for the organization. The 3k was also a race by weeks of training. In true Yank-Ray style as our sister company and ourselves are called together we won the event overall by having our scoring runners have the most top finishes which earned us the coveted physical fitness pennant to also fly once we receive our company colors. After helping with a quick tear down Xray happily hit the racks with a job well done on their minds.

The tears flowed far and wide Saturday though. Our morning on the confidence course really brought out some awesome company bonding and pushed our comfort zones in the best ways. Our company mentors Captain Murtagh and Master Chief Latronico were there too to watch. After leaving the confidence course and grabbing chow we had time with our amazing mentors to ask those open ended questions we have on our units and the fleet. All of those amazing things along with the 05 minute phone calls home we received really let a lot of things loose for everyone. Hearing our families and friends after 05 weeks really opened the flood gates for most recruits leaving the phones as I’m sure they opened up back home. The awesome thing though was everyone felt great, happy and glad to be going on our paths and grateful to hear from you guys.

Right now Xray-191 is on the up and up, let’s just keep it going and not lose sight of our goals or forget what we learned to get here. Keeping it locked on, that’s the week 06 goal, so let’s see it happen.


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.