XRay 195 Recruit Journal Week 07


XRay 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: March 20, 2018

Graduates: May 11, 2018



Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

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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.


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04 May 18

Week 07 Summary


Trying to summarize the entirety of Week 07 is going to be difficult. A lot has happened, yet some days were very slow, almost painfully so, but the week as a whole really few by.

So, Week 07…We had our company commander debriefs, took our final, performed our manual of arms/close order drill test, and a lot of us got our wisdom teeth removed. Our Company Commanders refer to all of the wisdom teeth victims as “chipmunks.” They use them for cleaning, and helping the yeoman with paperwork, for they are on limited duty, and could not drill with us. The company debriefs are probably one of the most polarizing, and enjoyable things that happens in our recruit training experience. Seeing the normal “human” side of our company commanders is an awesome experience. The primary purpose is to give us a chance to ask questions that help us better understand the why and what of recruit training. Secondly, debriefs give recruits a chance to get to know who our company commanders really are, and where they come from. By now, most of us have already began to admire our company commanders, and these debriefs solidified these feelings. Another exciting thing about these debriefs was the ability to ask for career advice, specifically, how to be a great non-rate reporting to our first unit.

The final exam did not go as well as the midterm. We had several who did not pass (80% was passing), and they will have to retake it Saturday morning. I have the upmost confidence my shipmates will knock it out of the park. Unfortunately, we did not get the pennant for a high class average. We missed the pennant by 2%.

With that being said, we did very well on our Manual of Arms/Close Order Drill test. Our final score as 19 out of 20 which is high enough to earn us the section commander pennant! We were really hoping for a 20 out of 20 because all of ACC’s companies have done so. Sadly we were this first company not to, and that was really disappointing.

Well, we are officially the most senior company on the regiment, and all eyes are on us. I like to believe we are ready for the task. Graduation is in one week, and a lot can happen in that week. However, we have been trained, and are ready to own the regiment.


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.