XRay 195 Recruit Journal Week 04

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 XRay 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: March 20, 2018

Graduates: May 11, 2018


Week 04


Week 04 was filled with struggles and lessons that were hard learned. There were times when it felt like us against the Company Commanders, and maybe it was supposed to feel that way, as a way of forcing us to work together as a company. The big thing we need to learn is we are not a company of individuals, we are XRAY-195 and need to act as one.

This lesson was really emphasized in our fire fighting class, as we had to rely on the person in front of us to navigate the smoke filled room as we fought a pretend fire. Wearing full gear, and speed walking in a half crouch, we needed each other to move and stay upright. It was a tiring exercise, but we all really enjoyed the class.

Probably our greatest victory this week was our midterm. We were the first company in three years to have everyone pass on the first try. We celebrated this victory with coffee and hot chocolate as a reward. What a sweet sweet victory.

This week was not all victory though, as Saturday we had to pass our seabags, full of gear, across the regiment due to people having gear adrift. We are anxiously preparing for the coming week, which holds our first uniform inspection. It is a big deal, but we are working hard. Week 05 is going to be the week XRAY steps up to the next level.



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.