X Ray 197 Recruit Journal Week 06

International Maritime Signal Flag Xray

Formed: August 27, 2019
Graduates: October 18, 2019

Week 06 was a good week for Training Center Cape May’s Company X-RAY 197. Now that recruits earned their duty orders, things have taken a turn towards preparation to execute these orders. This week also came with training for the fleet. Recruits were able to contact sponsors for units, arrange travel and attend class intended to make sure recruits are as knowledgeable as possible for departure from their first training center. Inside of the recruit master packet is a first unit reporting guide. To complete this guide a unit sponsor must be contacted and questioned. Inside the guide is everything a recruit should know including housing, duties, contact structure and travel. Staff here at TRACEN are able to provide help and guidance to ensure no one is in the dark about what they should do to be prepared. Upon completion of the first unit reporting guide, recruits will have everything to make sure transitions are as smooth as possible. Classes this week were also focused on longevity and knowledge that are needed going into future Coast Guard careers. Classes like safety to make sure to let recruits know to take all required precautions and eliminate all hazards. The classes Career Counseling and Household Goods Entitlements give information vital to ground footing at recruit’s first stations and also the knowledge to make decisions on future plans. Personal Fitness Plans had recruits write goals and steps to maintain a healthy body and diet required of all Coast Guardsmen. Training this week also required port and starboard side to be split up. Recruits were giving procedures to identify parts, safety, using and cleaning a firearm. After a full day of training, recruits brought the “BOOM” to the range, shooting a target from 05, 07 and 10 meters in distance, scoring higher than a 75%. XRAY 197 received the marksmanship pennant for their guidon. Recruits also trained with pugil sticks. Being very safe yet excited, this was quite a workout, as anything is here at basic training. This week, company XRAY 197 had made some huge milestones. Recruits were up, pushed and sped through their Week 06 final Physical Fitness Test. With this came new juices at the galley. Physical Fitness is solely based on a single person. As a company, XRAY 197 came together using each other’s guidance and problem solving to complete missions thrown at every recruit. Upon completing these missions thrown at every recruit, XRAY 197 finished what they needed to function as a unit. The team work that was displayed earned XRAY 197 their company colors. Before receiving colors, recruits were tested to see if they could work together under the same stress we had forming as XRAY 197. The company was presented colors during our first steps across the sands of Cape May. This was a huge moment for every recruit, but also for our Company Commanders. Their hard work, motivation and dedication instilling qualities of the Coast Guard is not an easy task. That’s why boot camp is no picnic. Signed, SR STAMPS, X-197

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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