XRay 198 Recruit Journal Week 04

International Maritime Signal Flag Xray

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

People are drowning, people are downing, alarms sounding. Recruits are franticly woken up to a simulation of a Search and Rescue Alarm. Rushing to put on our uniforms and move as fast as possible to save life. This is drill is designed to teach us that moving fast and being ready at a moment’s notice could mean life or death. The scene sums up the spirt of Search and Rescue Week “SAR”. Each morning this week, we had sixty seconds to get out of the rack and into another Squad Bay for muster. As each of our names are called we then have eight minutes to change into our full operation dress uniforms with boots and transit down three flights of stairs to make it to formation or breakfast chow. The first day some shipmates were late, but as the week unfolded, our Company learned how to move faster and faster.

In firefighting class we gained a better understanding of how each second counts in an emergency situation. We had the privilege of practicing with simulated fires and put them out with actual hoses to extinguish them. Another high point this week was passing our first Close Order Drill test with a 7/10 score and a not so terrible remark from our Section Commander. Additionally, this lead to our Lead Company Commander giving us a reward, Chocolate Milk! Which was later taken away due to our inability to maintain Military Bearing at all times.

Despite our shortcomings, we are growing stronger each day, as we get closer to the finish line. We also began to do some administrative things this week to square away our travel and moving plans to our first unit. As the week went on our Lead played a real Mayday call for us. It was then we realized not only how important our mission is, but also how serious every call is. This was a pivotal moment for Xray Company. We have grown a lot in the past few weeks, but we still have a ways to go and our Company Commander will ensure we get there. Finally, ending our week on a high note, we received our Company Colors. We now have the Xray Pennant flying proudly in the wind as we march for all to see. A few more weeks and we’ll be through. 

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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