XRay 198 Recruit Journal Week 02

International Maritime Signal Flag Xray

Formed: June 23, 2020
Graduates:  August 14, 2020

“Screeeeech!” The sound of the whistle blasting as recruit eyes open to the words “FIRE, FIRE, FIRE!” Fumbling fingers scurry to fasten shoelaces of athletic sneakers, called “go-fasters”, while voices croak the morning countdown. “119, 118, 117…” Feet race down stairs and half-awake recruits flood the regiment, forming crooked lines by the grass. The count continues, “02, 01, 00, freeze recruit freeze!” Not fast enough, not loud enough. Our failure to follow simple instructions is met with swift correction in the form of incentive training, which is high intensity exercise consisting of things like flutter kicks and mountain climbers, and remedial instructions where we hold things like our hands or water bottle over our heads for a period of time. Neither are fun but it is our Company Commanders way of letting us know how we messed up. Indoctrination Weekend was a blur, 120 seconds to get here, 90 seconds to get there. It seemed like an endless parade of sweat and power points. The weekend ended with a major turning point. Our Lead Company Commander, Petty Officer McPeters issued us all a Velcro XRAY flag patch to proudly display on our backpack.  Each day we are learning hard lessons and continue to strive to reach the Coast Guard standard. We have all lost our individualism and have begun to merge together as a team.

Many things have transpired since XRAY-198 entered the gates of Cape May.  We are going to classes in the gym where we do strength and core exercises. We did all of the processing for our military ID cards. We began standing nightly watches in the building that we live in. Some members of the company were selected to be on the drill team or color guard. Some are playing in the recruit band and will perform during company graduations. We had classes on grooming, sexual assault response, and work like (different programs the Coast Guard has to offer assistance to service members). One of the highlights of the week was putting in our “dream sheets” where we requested places we would like to be stationed. We also met our company mentor, Chief Warrant Officer James. We spent 02 hours together and he offered us words of encouragement and talked to us about leadership and teamwork. It was a welcome change of pace.

Every Sunday we have divine hours. This is from 0800 – 1300 on Sundays where we have an opportunity to work on our uniforms and squadbays, read and write letters, and attend church services. It is a welcome respite from the chaos that is recruit training. It has been a tough week but every day we get a little better. Every day we work together a little more. Every day we get a little closer to meeting the Standard.

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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