XRay 194 Recruit Journal Week 06


XRay 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: Aug 1, 2017

Graduates: September 22, 2017


If we could give this week a theme, separating it from the other weeks, it would be trust. We’ve been slowly built up to know how to be squared away but we have to and have begun to choose the Coast Guard squared away and beneficial part of society life style and mentality over our previous civilian ways. We now not only get held to a higher standard by our company commanders, but also by each other. It is almost more impactful at times, especially when loosing military bearing when our company commanders are not around. We’ve encountered this idea and the theme of trust throughout the week at marksmanship, team activities, and even our on base liberty.

None of us would’ve thought when getting off the bus and seeing how much we had to change that we would be responsible and grown up enough to handle live firearms any time soon. But we did, and we did well. TO start the week, half of our company had never held or shot a live firearm, in real life. So when we learned that this was the range week, many shipmates became excited for the challenge. We grinded through extremely important and well taught marksmanship courses for an entire day to earn a solid session at the range the following day. At the range, some of the beginners looked like they came out of the womb shooting while others who hunt and shoot religiously before coming here filled the air with excuses, but it was a great bonding experience with how smoothly it went and how much we learned. Our trust in each other grew immensely because we saw each other being serious and totally focused, and our company commanders definitely noticed also.

We were assigned to the graduation detail this week for the graduation of V-194, and it became a day that most of us dreaded coming up. It is a huge ordeal because every watch stander has to greet and properly tell everyone where to go, render salutes, and just do very basic activities that we are prepared to do but we just had to utilize everything we learned. If any of us messed up in the wording in a greeting to an officer, it was certain reversion for us. Luckily none of us had to be reverted which says a lot. Anyone who is curious about what we had to do, just wait till the 22 of September, you’ll see exactly what we had to do. On another high note, we earned the sacred activity of pugil sticks. It was literally war of all recruits and it was amazing for our company. We smacked each other with over sized q-tips and cheered our shipmates on. Not a single shipmate went without being cheered for and that says a lot.

And with the increase of trust we gained through the week, we had a major test, on base liberty. It was well needed for everyone. It was a time to relax, have a meal in peace, and to contact our families who are so proud that we made it this far. We all needed this break from the stress and chaos. X-194 is on the climb in our progress. We are coming together as a company and getting squared away. Week 06 is over and our time here is getting close to an end. We still have plenty to learn here and to grow from, but we are closing the gap.


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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