XRay 194 Recruit Journal Week 03


XRay 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: Aug 1, 2017

Graduates: September 22, 2017


This week has been a vacation in hell. It’s only vacation because we are here by choice. And every single other thing we encounter is the reason why we are in hell. The weather is against us, the seagulls are against us, the regiment is against us, and even our own shipmates are against us. Everything we do or say is wrong.

The weather here is consistent for the most part, consistently HOT!! All we ever do is sweat. We sweat just by standing in formation. The humidity just adds to it. Stepping outside is enough to make a mosquito go “dang it’s humid”. And then whenever it, rains, it just makes it worse. The puddles make it almost impossible to stay somewhat dry. They appear to form only where we get smoked at. Some days one would think the company commanders have a direct line to Mother Nature. It’s like they call her up and say “hey, we bout to smoke these fools” and she comes back and says “I got you”. It just happens that whenever we get smoked, the heat gets turned up.

Sometimes, at least once a day, let’s be honest, almost all day, our company commanders torture the living heck out of us. They come up with new cruel punishments on the daily. For example, we now hold mattresses over our heads for what seems like forever and we pack our sea bags with everything we own, which if you weren’t aware could weigh around 50-70 pounds. We then passed them in our squad bays, all 126 of us, and we continue until our clothes are so soaked that you can just squeeze our shirts to create a swimming pool. But let’s not forget about the trackers either. Everyone is getting at least 1-6 a day now for the most ridiculous mistakes. The trackers are leading to red belts, and that could lead to people getting reverted out of our company.

If our regiment was like a flock of geese, we would be the ugly one that is constantly getting left behind because we are an embarrassment to be around. We are worse than every forming company that has come after us this far. They look like later weeks compared to us, in everything we do. Even the uniforms we’ve worn on our gross E-1 bodies for 02 weeks still look worse than wrinkled table clothes. There are more loose threads hanging out than bristles on our toilet wands in our squad bays. If a goose or seagull shat on us, it’d be an improvement. Our sleeve rolls resemble the dirty wrinkles socks we leave on our racks and get savagely punished and roasted for. Then the rack inspections and all of the other inspections are what kill this company. We have yet to pass a single inspection and its bringing the morale of the company down. At this point, the company is falling apart. We are at each other’s throats because some of us keep messing up and we refuse to learn from each other’s mistakes. The tension is rising in the squad bays as we are starting to see and feel the hostility rise in the air as if it were the humidity. And with all the stress we are going through, it’s just adding fuel to the fire. For many, we do not know how much more they can take before they give up. For others we believe this is just the beginning and have a lot more to go. But we survived this week and continue on to the next week of training. However we are still the worst company here.



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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