XRay 196 Recruit Journal Week 03


XRay 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Nov 27, 2018

Graduates: Jan 18, 2019



The recruits are just about to finish their third week of training and things stayed the same for a bit. The classes about assignments for first units, a class on what not to do when you are in trouble, how to properly salute an officer and plenty more. In week three the recruits also took a few seamanship classes that consisted of knot tying, boat terminology, and how to repeat orders while working the helm of a ship. The Squad Leaders are also learning how to march the company to their next destination. Since the end of week three is happening, the recruits are getting more and more responsibilities put on them, that also means that week four is about to start… Things are about to get real. Company X RAY-196 will have to step it up and bring their game. If they thought the Company Commanders had no soul before they are in for a world of hurt. Just today the Company Commanders made the recruits pack their racks into their Sea Bags and pass them around the room for more than 30 minutes, some of the bags weighing over 50-60 pounds. The harsh yelling and groans coming from them, sweat dripping from their faces from their hard work, and in-between the bags being passed they see the glimpses of their CC staring dead at them saying “LOUDER, LOUDER”. Don’t get caught sandbagging or else they’ll get called out for it and the time will run longer. The recruits are exhausted afterward, sore throats and stressed Deltoids really makes them think “What are we doing here?” The life of a recruit is not glamourous and it is not all sunshine, it is hard, grueling work and it’s for the right purpose. This is nothing compared to the following weeks. They are about to start becoming a senior company, which means that they are going to be looked at differently. Their way of moving and talking have to be on point or else the superiors will begin to notice who does not belong.

Probation has started flying and the company already lost more than 8 recruits since the beginning. Inspections are going to start also for uniforms, racks, and living quarters. All will affect them if they shall get reverted or stay in X RAY-196. Probation is called wearing a red belt, this allows the CCs to know who needs more attention or not, and it works well. It means extra yelling and extra punishment which no one wants. People drop like flies after a while but after hard work and determination they can all make it through at least one more week to call themselves a senior company.


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.