X-Ray 197 Recruit Journal Week 04

International Maritime Signal Flag Xray
 

Formed: August 27, 2019

Graduates: October 18, 2019

 This week company XRAY 197 grew tremendously as a team. Every single recruit grow’s both physically and mentally stronger each day. As XRAY-197 started week 04 recruits would be given more responsibilities around the regiment. The company now follows a posted schedule consisting of various classes, workouts and this week, a firefighting practical. Recruits attended classes such as enlisted ratings of the coast guard. Learned about housing, pay, and allowances. As well as classes on fire and firefighting equipment. All classes help the future Coastguardsman both with their duties and their well-being outside of the workplace. The company’s lead physical training instructor started the company out on a new swim circuit. Along with this new work out we also started a new chant PT, Good for you, PT good for me, hoorah. This was shown to the company before a strength and core circuit that recruits do multiple times a week. The company is also led by Company commanders in running circuits throughout the week. These are just scheduled physical training all recruits make mistakes every day and every mistake teaches a lesson through the form of most likely some kind of physical activity and intense yelling out what we did wrong all lead by the company commanders. This week on Thursday, our company was split into port and starboard sides. This was for cyber awareness as well as the firefighting practical. Groups of 20 recruits are given 5 short minutes to change into a full firefighting equipment. This includes a mask attached to a self-contained breathing apparatus, mask, suit and boots. Which is a huge weight to be then fighting fires. Then we entered a fogged fire simulator not being able to see 5 feet in front of us, we had to find the fire hose and trail it until we got to the nozzle. After about 20 minutes temperatures in the suits make it seem like the fire was nothing short of the real thing. This week our Lead Company commander along with the very committed assistant company commanders all instilled the knowledge, discipline and readiness required if the recruits want to make it into their Coast Guard. Recruits are held to the absolute highest standards at all times by our company commanders. They know exactly what recruits must go through in order to transform them into Coastguardsmen. Responsibilities learned this week through rigorous and never ending devotion to training casted onto the recruits, should have them ready for next week, that being search and rescue week.

Recruits attended classes such as enlisted ratings of the coast guard. Learned about housing, pay, and allowances. As well as classes on fire and firefighting equipment. All classes help the future Coastguardsman both with their duties and their well-being outside of the workplace. The company’s lead physical training instructor started the company out on a new swim circuit. Along with this new work out we also started a new chant PT, Good for you, PT good for me, hoorah. This was shown to the company before a strength and core circuit that recruits do multiple times a week. The company is also led by Company commanders in running circuits throughout the week. These are just scheduled physical training all recruits make mistakes every day and every mistake teaches a lesson through the form of most likely some kind of physical activity and intense yelling out what we did wrong all lead by the company commanders. This week on Thursday, our company was split into port and starboard sides. This was for cyber awareness as well as the firefighting practical. Groups of 20 recruits are given 5 short minutes to change into a full firefighting equipment. This includes a mask attached to a self-contained breathing apparatus, mask, suit and boots. Which is a huge weight to be then fighting fires. Then we entered a fogged fire simulator not being able to see 5 feet in front of us, we had to find the fire hose and trail it until we got to the nozzle. After about 20 minutes temperatures in the suits make it seem like the fire was nothing short of the real thing. This week our Lead Company commander along with the very committed assistant company commanders all instilled the knowledge, discipline and readiness required if the recruits want to make it into their Coast Guard. Recruits are held to the absolute highest standards at all times by our company commanders. They know exactly what recruits must go through in order to transform them into Coastguardsmen. Responsibilities learned this week through rigorous and never ending devotion to training casted onto the recruits, should have them ready for next week, that being search and rescue week.

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.

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