XRay 198 Recruit Journal Week 03

International Maritime Signal Flag Xray

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

The theme of week 03 can be summed up with one simple phrase – “only up from here!” It would seem as if the training wheels have officially come off. XRAY-198 has accomplished quite a few milestones this week, despite some bumps along the way. Monday kicked off this company’s best week so far, with the privilege to drink juice in the galley. The order came directly from our Lead Company Commander after we finally found our voices and began to sound like what our Company Commanders call “88 psychopaths” screaming so loud we shook the glass of all the buildings on the regiment. This energy rolled right into Tuesday when we attended our first seamanship class. We began to learn some of the tricks of the trade of being Coast Guard Men and Women – Like the different types and sizes of Coast Guard vessels, like 210 and 270 foot cutters called medium endurance cutters where a lot of us may be stationed. We also learned about the types of line, as well as what they’re used for.

Contrary to the steady progress made by XRAY-198, there were a few down moments for the company. Momentary disappointment came in the form of reversion! To some, reversion is just a scary word used to help us, as recruits, remember that there are consequences to our actions. For others, it was a swift and harsh reality check that the standards will always be upheld. Those shipmates were sent to Yankee-198 to continue their training.

Wednesday brought about a key component for the success of XRAY-198…..Organization. Petty Officer McPeters thought it was finally time that our squad leaders (recruits within the company placed in a recruit leadership position) be given some organizational responsibility. Thus each squad bay was issued one red permanent marker. The squad leaders were told that they could assign tasking to each recruit in the company so the company and Company Commanders would know who to hold accountable for infractions within the squadbay. Some recruits are charged with making sure the head (bathroom) is free of standing water or clothes left behind, others with taking out the trash, others with making racks (beds). This helped bring out the best in XRAY-198 as we are truly beginning to learn the importance of playing our part and working as a team. The bigger picture to that lesson is that is how we must operate as members of the Coast Guard. We must ensure that we are holding up our part and doing our job so that Team Coast Guard can succeed.

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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