Xray-197 Recruit Journal Week 3

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This week X-ray received a healthy dose of Discipline. From laughing to not being fast enough X-ray sweat more this week than ever before. Our Company Commanders have the uncanny ability to tell when a recruit hasn’t shaved or has their shoe laces out. The company is studying every spare second they have to make sure they meet the standard of a week 03 recruit. As we prepare to enter our 4th week of training many recruits are excited than ever to take the next steps in recruit training. With the buzz being that we are about to start firefighting, it is hard for any of us to believe that the information we have been learning has been shot as us at anything less than fire hose velocity. With many new faces joining our ranks from Whiskey Company, they have found open arms in our squad bays and reflected on our followership and team work skills. Although in improvement our prowess as Seaman Recruits was outshined by tango -197, the most recent class to graduate the halls of training center Cape May. With the afterglow pride still fresh in our minds, tango was no doubt on the minds, of every person in XRAY when we came back from the graduation ceremony. As lofty as our dreams our XRAY recruit have a strong faith in their company commanders and teachers alike to propel us to our full potential. All in all, Week 03 has served as a rude awakening for the recruits who thought the road to graduation would be handed to them on a silver platter. Besides learning the basics of seamanship, week 03 was also used to give the keys to the castle to anybody who could take them: 100% motivation and dedication is a tall order but the recruits of XRAY-197 are slowly learning what’s expected to become United States Coast Guardsman.

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