XRay 194 Recruit Journal Week 05

XRay 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: Aug 1, 2017

Graduates: September 22, 2017

 

 For everyone that is wondering if Xray-194 survived week 05, that’s a very complicated answer since unfortunately we lost another 15 shipmates from probation, lack of motivation, and lack of adequate physical ability. On the other hand, the rest of Xray-194 is still alive and mostly well. We’re all just very exhausted but luckily we have coffee now so don’t worry, we’ll make it. After all, there is only 19 more days left starting Sunday. To continue on the train of good news, numerous things are now starting to fall into place. We have all received our orders, and even made calls home to let our families know where we are going. We only were allowed 05 minutes to call but we will have another opportunity to call more people next Saturday. We also learned about the ways we can make it to our next duty station. Another bit of positivity that we had the opportunity to take part in was giving blood and in such a vital time. We have been made aware of the catastrophic events that have occurred in the Gulf Coast due to hurricane Harvey and this added more purpose for shipmates to give blood for the ones who were on the fence, and the Red Cross was thankful for that and we were happy to give and serve in another way while we’re stuck here at Cape May. And we just received our colors, and for those who may not know much about colors and their importance, it is an extremely momentous occasion for the entire company, and it brought us just a tad bit closer. It finally seems like our company commanders are finally loosening the leash on us little by little and giving that responsibility to us and also our squad leaders. They’re giving us more freedom, responsibility, and purpose on the regiment.

We finally got our orders, and it was an experience filled with countless emotions, many good, bad, and mixed. The way we get assigned to locations is not up to us but is up to the needs of the service. We had a slight sway in where we went thanks to our dream sheets but we all knew that there was no guarantee on going where we wanted to go. We also can’t change our minds, so it has put a lot of shipmates into interesting situations like driving from east coast to Oregon to fly to Alaska. Our lead Company Commander, Chief Wheeley, picked up on the vibes in the squad bay and immediately took advantage of the moment and made well placed jokes targeted at the ones who seemed uncertain of the location or were disappointed in the decision. It is still extremely difficult for most of the company to maintain military bearing during these times which eventually puts us in worse situations when we have to sweat for all of the laughs, giggles, and smiles that occurred in the squad bay.

A few days later, Saturday, we had a moment no one saw coming. We did not expect to be given our colors. We had been messing up all morning, or that is what the Company Commanders lead us to believe. We had gone down to the beach for the first time, and we all thought we were going to be doing workouts after Chief Wheeley’s extremely motivating speech. That speech alone was enough to make a grown man cry. It is very hard to explain it. But he turned the formation around, from facing the ocean to facing back inland looking at a dune which right on the top had our colors. He told us that if we wanted it we had to go get it, however no one moved because we thought he was joking, then we just took off. We grabbed that flag and literally just ran. We didn’t stop running either until Chief Wheeley was just yelling at us to stop. We just ran, not knowing why or where we were going but all you have to do is leave it to Xray-194 to mess something up that was meant to be a positive moment for us in the weirdest way.

 

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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