X-Ray 193 Recruit Journal Week 02



X-Ray 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: December 13, 2016

Graduates: February 3, 2017


X-Ray-193 Week 02 Blog:


Discipline is a word with more than one meaning. Sometimes discipline is used to mean punishment, and for X-Ray-193 this might be all that it could ever mean. Within one week X-Ray company has had many ups and downs. It’s very easy to lose sight of your purpose, but fortunately the Coast Guard has a clear one. Save lives. Two weeks in Coast Guard boot camp teaches the reliance of discipline for the sake of saving lives.

X-Ray-193 is now part of something bigger, and much better than themselves. This week of boot camp is about learning to represent. Honorable is the best word to describe a Coast Guardsman. Each recruit is expected to embrace ideals such as integrity. It only takes one hole to sink a ship. Recruits who cut corners will not pass unchallenged. In order to graduate recruits must demonstrate integrity and meet the highest of expectations in hopes that we can be prepared for the unexpected. Every time we feel terror of the unknown with our company commanders, every lap around the pool, every high tension meal, and every early wake up exists to make the recruits of X-Ray-193 better than they were.

This week X-Ray-193 received their pieces which are to be treated with the same respect and diligence of real pieces. Immature behavior is not tolerated and will most certainly result in extra weeks of training. Truly this week has been harsh but fair, and taught the valuable lesson of the truth behind discipline. Ending our week with Christmas celebrations was a kindness hardly earned. We had the opportunity to speak with the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, and received stockings with items to help us throughout recruit training. X-Ray cannot let this go to our heads as we still have a large amount of training left ahead of us. We are going to make the most out of our time in training and hopefully someday earn the title of Coast Guardsman.



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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