XRay 192 Recruit Journal Week 06


XRay 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 10 , 2016

Graduates: July 1, 2016




Week 06 Historian Summary


This week for X-ray was our most challenging week even worse than forming week. It wasn’t all physical, even though there were a lot of physical challenges, most of it was testing whether or not we could succeed as a team and if we were Coast Guard material. They re-introduced us to teamwork with stricter time objectives and also from fire school, because it would be impossible for one man to keep the team safe while trying to put out a fire that could last 17 hours with only 30 minutes of air. However none of us were expecting the events that were to come on Wednesday. It started with an early wake up then a sweat session on the quarter deck with 20 minutes of sniper position with our new nine pound pieces. That was just a warm up after that we had to go down below and find some real-estate to do piece IT twice. In between those we had to lift a line that Petty Officer Placencia calls the Kraken, it’s a massive line that stretches across the halls. We were holding that above our heads the whole time trusting in our shipmates to carry their own weight so you didn’t have to take on any extra. Then they came in and messed up our perfectly good racks throwing everything around the squad bay yelling “where is it?” “Did you find it yet?” And we only had 10 minutes to fix it witch we almost didn’t make it. After came the five mile run around the base, it was hard to believe we were still standing but all of us were running solely on will power. And it didn’t stop there, we had 20 minutes to shower, pack our sea bags and form up outside. We then went on a mile and a half march down to the beach, it was nice and calm standing in the sand staring out into the open ocean. Until petty officer Endicott told us to get on our face. We did IT in the sand after we stood up you could see all the faces of defeat on us. We were done, nothing left to give, until we were about-faced and told to go get it. It was our company colors, our proof to the regiment that we had finally came together as a company. Inside of the huddle that was formed around our guidon, named “Madelyn” X-ray 192 became a family. The last eventful ceremony that we had this week was the Change of Command ceremony, welcoming our new Commanding Officer, Captain Gibbons and saying farewell to Captain Prestidge. We were representing all the recruits on the regiment because according to Mr. Matthews we’ve been the pride of the regiment since week 2. We even were complemented by Rear Admiral Throop. After reciting the Coast Guard Ethos at the top of our lungs he opened his speech with “Wow hearing that makes me believe they really want to be Coast Guardsmen.” We were all so proud and very honored to be a part of that long tradition held by all branches of the Armed Forces. We’re really starting to look like Coasties over here at X-RAY and as long as we keep our heads on right, the waters will be smooth at last.



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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