X-Ray Recruit Journal Week 05

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XRay 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Nov 27, 2018

Graduates: Jan 18, 2019


It’s the end of week 05 (and of Search and Rescue week) and well, to say the least… it has been an eventful week. On Monday we were at an all-time high because it was the day before Christmas (and Operation Fireside). We were surprised by the Spouse’s Club morale event and were treated to hot chocolate and sugar cookies, a luxury that most recruits never get. We also got to learn about some of the roles of the boat crews and the risks they take, along with how they manage those risks. It’s pretty cool to see how the little things we see as punishment are actually skills that we need. Tuesday was amazing, of course it had to be because, it was Christmas, and Operation Fireside. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t all fun and games. We still got up at 0530 and did our SAR drill, cleaned our squad bays, and did some Manual of Arms, and a fire drill. It was all worth it though because we were able to spend Christmas with lovely, caring, and hospitable families, not to mention that we got to speak to our families and fill them in on what goes on in Cape May. It was great talking to our families because we got a much needed morale boost. X RAY 196 is very thankful for everyone who made Operation Fireside possible, especially to the families that opened up their homes to us. Wednesday was a very prideful day, we got issued our dress uniforms and let me tell you guys, we felt like we “made our Mommas proud”. It felt as if our journey is one step closer to actually starting. We also learned some Coast Guard history. This made us all take pride in being in the Coast Guard. Just hearing about all the amazing and selfless things that people like Douglas Munro did is truly inspiring! People like him once started off right where we are. We have the potential and the opportunity to someday be as great as they were. On Thursday we had a bunch of classes. On Friday we had class over travel entitlements where we learned about how we get to our units. It really made everything feel more “real”. Everything is starting to fall together and it feels so right. Saturday… definitely not your average day in training… only because half of the day was actually fun. In the morning we still had a SAR drill but then we came back to the house and had to pack up all of our belongings and move squad bays. It was annoying to say the least, yet nice because we got to meet new rack mates. Then we did the confidence course, and got to speak to our mentors. It has been a very long and exciting week. X RAY 196 is ready to be the senior company on the regiment.

SR Hernandez, B.I.

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.