XRay 194 Recruit Journal Week 04


XRay 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: Aug 1, 2017

Graduates: September 22, 2017


Have you ever had a nightmare but wake up from it? Well here, we never know if it is a dream or not, especially this week. It’s a constant hell hole and with the burning in our muscles, it amplifies the experience. They say week four becomes easier after the excruciating weeks that lead up to it, mostly week two, and the end of week three. But they are so wrong, at least from our experience. This has by far been the worst week we have had. We have had many of our original shipmates get reverted left and right during the week for the first time. Just this week we lost 20 recruits and at least another 20 recruits are on probation fighting for their survival in the company, trying to prove they are worthy of being in X-ray. We are also being constantly pounded by incentive training sessions, sweat sessions, and fire drills, all from the mouths of our company commanders. This is mostly due to the fact that many in our company don’t know how to follow/ listen to orders. You would think that if our inability to follow orders and listen was why we were getting punished, we would probably try to fix it right? Well some are honestly trying, but it has to be the whole company. Everyone is still out for themselves.

But on the bright side we finally got to meet our section commander. Chief Brugioni surprised us with her presence and it was absolutely terrifying. Most of us thought our big and burly company commanders would be the most intimidating factor of boot camp, not a 4’11 Italian woman who disappears between racks. But she became the focal point of nightmares after her visit, and she made everyone in our company sweat more than we do in our incentive training sessions in just the hour that she was here, while we were in an air-conditioned room. Once she walked in front of our racks, anyone in their right mind would have said their prayer and accepted that they were headed to Yankee, and that’s what 14 of our shipmates did, she is the definition of savage. She spotted even the slightest mistake, picked out the smallest hesitation in a response, and spotted the most miniscule out of place thread. There wasn’t a single thing she missed. And even now after her and her fellow section commanders left, some shipmates are still shaking.

And let’s not forget about the sweat from this week. There was more time sweating than classroom and learning time. We couldn’t do anything right this week nor could we meet any objective except maybe one or two a day. The company commanders would give us plenty of time to do whatever they asked and then some, but our company is so slow and unfocused that our attitude ruined it for us. We had to walk around cleaning other company’s heads while chanting “We’re week four but act like week 2” and we even dressed the part. And so many of us are smoking and joking, messing around, in the squad bays that our company commanders don’t trust us to do the most simple adult task without supervision. We can’t even keep our eyes in the boat and we’re going into senior weeks of training. We need to come together as a unit and straighten up. We now have to carry a trash bag on a pole wherever the company goes because someone lacked to the integrity to own up to their mistake. That is our problem here, too many people lack good morals.



DCC Brandon M. Wheeley


Drum… For the rhythm of life never ends!


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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