X-Ray 193 Recruit Journal Week 03



X-Ray 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: December 13, 2016

Graduates: February 3, 2017


Week 03 Blog:


“All is quiet on New Year’s day” is a line from a U2 song that X-Ray-193 does not agree with. As X-Ray day dreamed of their civilian past experiences on this date with memories of Dick Clark and Ryan Secrest countdown, the day consisted of copious amounts of IT sessions. Who knew that 2017 would be the year that started off with sweat courtesy of the youngest company on the regiment. X-Ray is the guilty party and although there are shimmers of hope on the horizon, each day brings a new struggle or obstacle to overcome.


Week 03 is almost in the books and it was surely one to remember. Seamanship occupied the majority of X-Ray’s time, learning knots, helm commands, and lookout procedures under the watchful eye of our instructor. The survival float in the Coast Guard’s version of astronaut suits in the pool was an interesting way to learn how scary it can be if you ever fall overboard.


Along the way X-Ray’s chain of command each took their turn commandeering the “cutter” and the use of line pulling was quite liberal. Expect X-Ray-193 to head the fleet with the ability to tow an immobilized ship back into port with upper body strength alone.


Christmas feels like an eon ago, but the company has forged its own path down a treacherous and difficult pass and emerged enlightened and stronger on the other side. Another week is done having learned another set of skills and abilities that will change these young men and women from inexperienced civilians, to salt of the earth Coast Guardsmen. Under the tutelage of our lead company commander and the assistant company commanders the sky is the limit. Be fast and loud is the ethos it will take for X-Ray-193 to truly live up to its potential. Happy New Year and it’s now time for the company to step it up another level.


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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