X-Ray 193 Recruit Journal Week 05



XRay 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: December 13, 2016

Graduates: February 3, 2017



Week 05 Historian Summary


Week 05 was closed and triple stamped on top of a double stamp this fine Saturday in January. X-rays mentor Chief Hickman and our surrogate mother CS1 Hardy marched us into the class room where after a simple 50 minute PowerPoint presentation changed our lives forever. With a cheeky grin, Hardy Claus delivered her gifts of orders to all the good boys and girls of X-ray. Little Johnny got a small boat station in Key West, FL. Little Suzy got an Aids To Navigation unit in San Fransico,CA, and little bobby, he got the most exotic of all, Duluth, Minnesota. The mood was a roller coaster in the room, some shipmates reaching the apex of excitement after seeing the cleverly crafted slide showing their new home, while others sank a bit into a temporary crevice of uncertainty. Chief Hickman swooped in and eased the concerned minds of X-Ray-193 breaking off nuggets of wisdom from a 17 year career and sharing them with us. It is hard to believe how far away Monday felt, the week commencing with our Search and Rescue reveille wake ups, 15 minutes to change into operational dress uniform, shave, clean your fangs and haul ass to the galley. By Saturday X-Ray looked like a finely oiled machine. The big ticket item for week 05 was the inspection of our operational dress uniforms by the Battalion Commander Senior Chief Pace. As his eagle eyes scoured every inch of our uniforms, it felt as if he was peering into our souls, praying every loose thread, and wrinkle was taken care of by the ghost of Joshua James, still attempting to save lives. By the middle of the week X-RAY headed to the uniform distribution center to get fitted for their dress blues. Were beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The thought that we might actually survive these 08 weeks became more and more of a reality; donning that jacket and combination cover. Throughout the week we broke a sweat in and off the quarterdeck, most especially in the classroom, from learning the roles of Boat Crewman, the art of secretly putting on a personal flotation device. The rounded edges of X-RAY were beginning to be squared and polished up. X-RAY also got a great kick out of the colorful breakdown of their Coast Guard origins and history from petty officer Placencia, who knew how truly awesome all the men and women before us wearing this uniform were. X-RAY continued taking steps in the right direction even if they were baby ones by achieving another pennant, the blood pennant for the whole company signing up to donate blood. X-RAY may be marching closer to their graduation date of February 3rd but their reserve is stoic, they are locked in, loud, proud and moving fast, looking to become the best company in all of TRACEN Cape May. Our company commanders have given X-RAY the tools; it’s time for this company to build the ship that will carry us out into the fleet in 02 weeks.



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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