XRay 195 Recruit Journal Week 03


XRay 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: March 20, 2018

Graduates: May 11, 2018


Week 03

This week began seamanship class. We learned about the different bits and pieces on a cutter, such as bits, cleats, super structure, hatches, and port holes. We have learned about the different types of lines that would be on a cutter, such as natural and synthetic.

After learning that, we began to learn about knots, helm commands, and the “Watch, Quarter, Station Bill”. It took a while to grasp the knowledge of knot tying for a majority of the company (including myself), but helm commands and driving the simulator came natural, and most of the company passed.

So far, the company began to progress a bit. Everyone has started to find their adult voice and get loud. We still struggle with speed and time objectives, but I believe at this rate, we will get to where we need to be. We will be an exceptional company by the time we reach week 05. We may even be better than the senior company in front of us.

The Company Commanders have eased up a little on us. The hammer does get dropped down on us though when we do something we know we shouldn’t have done or just not listening to orders. For example, the problem of the week was gear adrift. We had to learn the hard way that gear adrift sinks ships. The problem was corrected earlier in the week with incentive training and passing seabags (or so we thought). Later in the week, more corrective actions needed to be taken. It was hard and tough, especially since the Company Commander School is shadowing our Company Commanders so it is like having 10 CC’s yelling at us all at once.

Right now, we are at the bottom of the barrel and the only way out is up. If and only if we give 100% effort towards training. That means swimming in sweat and your face turning red from yelling so loud. Then and only then, you know you are giving it your all. Shipmates are starting to grasp that this is not the Boy/Girl Scouts. It is time for XRAY-195 to step up to the batting plate and swing for a home run. If they do not, its three strikes and you’re out. It’s just how the game is played. And the Coast Guard only wants winners they can depend on.



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.