X-Ray 193 Recruit Journal Week 04


X-Ray 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: December 13, 2016

Graduates: February 3, 2017


Week 04 Summary


S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y night, S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y night another week comes to a close and X-RAY is fast asleep in their racks at a strict 2200 dreaming of the two greatest words know to man in Cape May….. “Divine hours.”

The days blended together this week as seemingly every moment of X-RAY’s time was spent learning or sweating. In the beginning of the week we got our ladder 49 on, learning the basics of Coast Guard fire fighting, handling the hose like pros, donning only the finest of SCBA gear and snapping necks and cashing checks in the mean time. By mid week X-ray’s focus was lasered in on the physical fitness assessment, pushups, sit-ups and the mile and a half run, OH MY! After 8 or so IT sessions over the past few weeks, those push and sit ups numbers either seem like cake or a mountain depending on the level of sandbagger, the vast majority of X-ray powered thru and took another great stride in their training and passed their assessment. The end of the week was when all the fun things happened.

X-ray put in their dream sheets on Thursday, praying to Poseidon they’ll receive their first pick. Friday was midterm and the guess what folks, good’ ol “Average X-RAY” earned their first pennant for averaging an 80 or higher boom ba ba ba boom, my company is wicked smart, How bout dem apples.

Then Saturday took a lot of X-ray quite by surprise, the forecast called for a whole lot of snow and for once they actually got it right. TRACEN CAPE MAY was throttled with multiple inches of snow, for a few company members, it was their first experience in the snow and they did not enjoy it.


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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