X-Ray Recruit Journal Week 04

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XRay 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Nov 27, 2018

Graduates: Jan 18, 2019

Week 04 Summary: X-Ray 196

We’re at the end of week four, half way to the finish line. As Victor-196 graduates, X-ray takes its spot as one of the senior companies on TRACEN Cape May. It began to feel surreal and heavy as we piled into the studio to take our individual photos in our bravos and combination covers (Granted, just out of frame we were dressed halfway with our bravo jackets coming midway, partial unbuttoned, with missing buttons, and crooked clip on ties). Regardless we were proud and quite frankly couldn’t wait to send a picture back home to our loved ones to show off how good we looked. As the week progressed we had the opportunity to learn the basics of firefighting. Consisted of dawning a complete fire suit and rushing into a room with simulated smoke and flashing lights. Seeing our shipmates disappear into the fog, waddling like claustrophobic Teletubies and blasting simulated fires was one of the most satisfying experiences we’ve had. All fun aside it has been a long week and we’re told that harder weeks lie ahead of us in week five. We have a week of search and rescue wake ups where we will be expected to complete our usual morning routine in a fraction of the time, and flow into days filled with rigid evaluations and inspections that we must pass without the slightest thread out of place on our uniforms. The task is heavy but X-ray stands prepared and is determined to exceed expectations as we have in the past. This week we received praise for achieving a 100% pass rate with a 95% average score on our midterm. We were rewarded with a pennant we will display from our guidon flag and coffee privileges during our meal times. Understandably the company seemed slightly more enthusiastic about the coffee portion of the reward; as the classes are long and sleeping during them is less than acceptable. Christmas is in a few days and the recruits are missing home more than ever, while we won’t be able to spend Christmas at home. A few generous families have opened there homes for recruits. We will be spending Christmas away from TRACEN Cape May, so you all can rest calmly knowing that there will be at least a short break for us here before the worst of week five sets in. So until we see or hear from you over our short break, X-ray 196 wishes you all pleasant holidays from Cape May.


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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.