XRay 195 Recruit Journal Week 06

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XRay 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: March 20, 2018

Graduates: May 11, 2018


Week 06

Well week 06 is a highly anticipated week for several reasons and it was not a letdown. Week 06 is the week we do our weapons training, start getting administrative time, and we get on-base liberty! Weapons training is big for several reasons: it is another way to earn a pennant for our colors, it gives us a jump start when we have to get qualified in the fleet, and it is a lot of fun. A lot of fun! The class is long and in depth, so the company gets split. One half is taking it Monday and Tuesday, and the other half on Wednesday and Thursday. We march to Goff Hall early in the morning and spend the day there. We got to enjoy the wonder that is MREs (ready to eat meals). Although, if I am being honest, they really aren’t that bad. In fact some were pretty good! The first day we learned proper stance, weapon handling, as well as procedures like initial loading, emergency reload, proper clearing procedures, and “workshop” stance. Then we went over grip, stance, sighting down, and firing. All in all the first day is not very exciting. There was a lot to learn and the Gunner’s Mates made the class a lot of fun. The second day is our range test. The instructors would run us through a set of drills before beginning the graded portion, which involved firing twelve rounds into a single target. The class needed to score an average of 75% or higher to earn the marksmanship pennant. Sadly we were not able to do so. There are still several more we can earn, but we were still bummed none the less. Finally having administrative time really makes our orders more real. We are able to call unit sponsors and learn more about what is ahead, put names to the units, and better understand what is expected of us. It really helps to get us excited about our futures!! The highlight of this week is something most of you already know about and that is our on-base liberty. We are given six hours to march ourselves to the Base Exchange and the Harborview, a restaurant for base personnel. The recruits are given their cell phones, given a few rules and regulations, and sent on their way. So what do we do? We grab supplies we need, then we grab junk food, and head to the Harborview to call home so we can cry about how hard it is here! Okay, the last part might be an exaggeration, but we do call home! And some did cry so I am half right. It was such a relief to speak to our families. I think for most of us it bolstered our resolve and reminded all of us why we came in the first place. We are all ready to graduate, but we are all ready to work hard to get there!


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.