XRay 197 Recruit Journal Week 07

International Maritime Signal Flag Xray

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

During week 07 XRAY 197 started to see the top of the mountain they have been climbing. As things start to seem like they’re ending here at basic training, things are just getting started in the careers for these future coastguardsmen. This week recruits were trained on first aid and CPR. When someone is in a life threating situation anything helps and recruits now have that knowledge to help. Recruits were also expected to be perfect this week and apply all their training. All training this week and up to this point have been the basic essentials needed to serve.

This week recruits had practical training in line handling and first aid/CPR. To make line handling feel as real as can be it was raining sideways and as wind pushed recruits around working on the weather deck. Groups of 03 recruits at a time were able to throw a heaving line to a pier and tie up a mooring line using proper line handling commands and safety. Recruits were also given information that could potentially save a life. Practice included wrapping shipmates in bandages, administrating continuous chest compressions and giving rescue breathes to a practice dummy. Practical training such as these are critical in everyday roles of the coast guard.

As XRAY gets further into training they also get more liberty. During recruits last haircuts “High and tight” was an option instead of the usual buzz cut. XRAY 197 also took their final exam this week. Everyone passed earning the company desserts from the galley. XRAY flag also gets flown now showing everyone that XRAY 197 is the best and most senior company on the regiment. To earn this the company displayed perfection around the regiment and as a result we also had a capping ceremony exchanging recruit covers for United States Coast Guard ball caps. This shows the regiment that XRAY 197 has what it takes to serve in the fleet. To This point our company commanders Boatswains Mate First Class Lake, Maritime Enforcement Specialist Second class Burrus, Machinery Technician Second class Vratsenes, And Avionics Electrical Technician Second Class Spence has formed XRAY 197 into a team of perfect recruits as well as ready, relevant and responsive coastguardsmen. All of which will be defending the sea in short weeks to come. Each of our company commanders have trained recruits hours on end. Everything they say inspires a different recruit. Everything they do makes recruits better people. As recruits we show commitment by doing the right thing and showing what we have learned. Recruits have now been taught all they need for a transition into the fleet. XRAY 197’s company commanders are prime examples of the coast guard core values honor, respect and devotion to duty. Their strict standards instill confidence and motivate those who thought the impossible.

This kind of training is required for recruits that might need to save others given situations present in the fleet. As company XRAY 197 comes closer to graduation there is nothing but gratitude for the ones that got us this far. That being ourselves and our company commanders. There is nothing not important that we have learned here and there is nothing we shouldn’t leave behind as we enter the fleet.

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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