XRay 196 Recruit Journal Week 02


XRay 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Nov 27, 2018

Graduates: Jan 18, 2019


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



Xray-196 Week 02 Summary:


Company Xray-196 has experienced firsthand the sheer amount that can transpire and change in about two weeks. Two weeks ago you sent off your sons, daughters, siblings, and friends. We landed here at Cape May, a chaotic collective of diverse characters from corners of the world ranging from Louisiana, to the North Pole, to Puerto Rico. We came as individuals and are slowly and arguably growing to act and function as a company. In our time here we have learnt much; and that which we have had trouble grasping, has been gently drilled into the forefronts of our mind with what has been described to us as “fun games”. The nature of these teaching methods are not “fun” or “playful”. We have sweat under the weight of canteens, mattresses, rucksacks, rifles, and our favorite and most hated source of sustenance, the chewy bar. As we hold the above our heads for what feels like eternities at a time. Our shipmates have broken under the pressure, but as shipmates we have rebuilt and will rebuild as many times as it takes. As many times as X-ray faltered and recovered, one aspect of X-ray collective personally remains and will persevere; our sense of humor. Often in the most sullen and grim of circumstances, we struggle to maintain our laughter. As we floated a top the William Flores Gymnasium pool in our florescent survival suit, the instructor tells us to link wrists with our shipmate to join a formation of “pretty flowers” to preserve our body warmth and avoid dying of “hypothetical” hypothermia. The shipmates strained and snorted as they struggled to contain your laughter in the bright, bulky “floaties”. As light hearted as times have been, this has been and is the hardest experience of many of our lives. We were joined by a few members of Whiskey Company who have expressed to us the troubles and challenges they have faced and that now lie before all of us. We are nervous for what awaits us, but are reassured by the progress we have seen in ourselves as a group since stepping off that bus just two, short, painful, educational and rememberable weeks ago.


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.