XRay 191 Recruit Journal Week 06


XRay 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 15, 2015

Graduates: November 6, 2015


What a hot week for Xray-191. The first half of our week was firefighting, learning different types of fires, how to put them out, and what equipment to use to do so. The coolest part of all that heat though was learning how to use a S.C.B.A, otherwise known as a Self Contained Breathing Apparatus. With our new tools, we were sent into a pitch black smoke filled room to put out artificial fires with hoses, which was awesome to do. We also received out Common Access Cards. These cards are our key to many things in the military. If you misplace it, you will need to file a report and go through some paperwork before you can receive another. It’s not an ideal situation to lose the card, so we have to keep it safe. Plus, we need it to get that 15% off at Applebee’s and you can’t do it with an imaginary CAC. Those two things took up the first part of the week, but the second half was really where it was at. Thursday was pugil sticks and we went HAM trying to get our anger out on shipmates. The competition though serious was still just fun and games. Well, until we had to pick representatives from each squad bay to earn a 05 minute phone calls home. That match was intense but Huffman pulled through for main muster squad bay. The highlight of the week was Xray being able to sing with their colors flying. It started off with a simple bay side line up, then Chief Ingram marched us into unknown waters. Left, left, left right, shouting cadence to our destination. We ended up on the beach. Once formed up facing the ocean, Chief Ingram dropped us on our face to begin our IT session. The push up, crunches, squats, and flutter kicks simultaneously covered the company in sand and ruined our boondockers. Once we popped tall and about faced, we saw our colors standing proud in the sand. We relished the sight of it. Chief Ingram told us if we wanted them, to go get them and we never that fast before ever. After our celebration, we were a senior company marching back to the regiment. Today was one for the books though. After chow, we joined up to form Yank-Ray. Yank-Ray happens when Xray is marched into Yankees columns. Then on command, “Yank-Ray, Form!”, Xray side steps into Yankee’s ranks meshing into Yank-Ray. As the massive Yank-Ray marched forward, we called amazing cadences and marched off base to the local nature center. Once we got there, Yank-Ray dispersed and attacked the fall clean up they needed. Yards raked, porches swept, and weeds cleared helped them out a lot, which is great because they help the local Coasties a lot in return. After some superb refreshments, we went back to the regiment and ate chow. After chow we got to tour the cutters, station, or Aids to Navigation Team here on base depending on our next unit. Seeing how we are going to work and live was amazing and really answered a lot of our questions. Once tours were finished, we got to prepare for liberty. Before we were granted liberty, we were inspected for precision uniforms. We had jacked-up shaves, sleeve rolls, ironing, and blousing. Once we were all passed, we made a trip to the exchange for necessities and enough candy to feed an entire neighborhood block on Halloween. When we made it inside the Harborview overlooking the bay, we felt amazing being able to make phone calls to our loved ones for once and hold conversations.

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.

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