XRay 195 Recruit Journal Week 02


XRay 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: March 20, 2018

Graduates: May 11, 2018



Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

Go to:

Under the “Graduation Date” Tab you will be able to find the Graduation Program


To view the Graduation Live: Time: 1100 AM

The live stream of the graduations are viewed by going to the training center’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/uscoastguardbootcamp


*It should be noted that the live streams are a courtesy and not a guarantee. There could be technical issues or resource availability issues that would interfere with the stream. The live streams are not intended to be high definition productions of the graduation ceremonies.


If you are looking for higher quality video products from your loved one’s graduation, you should contact VTS at 609-365-8889



Week 02


We were some average Joes on a bus headed to boot camp. I looked around the bus and every single one of us was anxious, motivated, and ready to take on anything Cape May had to offer. All of us were eager as we got closer by the second. We were just ordinary people each with our own reason to join the Coast Guard.

“We’re 20 minutes away”, a fellow recruit yelled as we slowly approached a place that would forever change our lives. At the 15 minute mark, my eagerness turned into the most fearful feeling of my life. I think I could speak for everyone on that bus.

My palms were sweaty, my breaths were becoming heavy, my eyes were at complete attention as we took our final turn onto Munro Avenue. As we approached Sexton Hall, I noticed out of the corner of my eye, three really tough looking men wearing fedoras, covering their eyes in a stance of honor and power.

To be honest in didn’t notice what to expect, but as soon as they approached the bus, everything changed. “You are now in Cape May, which means you are on my grounds. You have 15 seconds to get off this bus”. I have never heard a voice so loud in my entire life, and I would soon come to learn.

I could never describe the feeling of getting off that bus. It was the scariest moment of my life. Each and every one of us were shocked at the aggressively loud remarks coming out of the Company Commanders mouth. I soon came to learn that those men with the fedoras weren’t actually wearing fedoras, they were wearing campaign covers. I learned that the hard way.

XRAY-195 formed on 23 Mar 18. We met our new Company Commanders, left Sexton Hall and moved into our new home, Munro Hall. Week 02 was such a blur of military indoctrination, classes, and sweat. I promise to catch up all the families and friends on that part of XRAY’s adventure next week.



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.