Tango 195 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Tango 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Feb 13, 2018

Graduates: April 6, 2018

 

Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

Go to:
http://www.forcecom.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/FORCECOM-UNITS/TraCen-Cape-May/

Under the “Graduation Date” Tab you will be able to find the Graduation Program

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To view the Graduation Live: Time: 1100 AM

The live stream of the graduations are viewed by going to the training center’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/uscoastguardbootcamp

 

*It should be noted that the live streams are a courtesy and not a guarantee. There could be technical issues or resource availability issues that would interfere with the stream. The live streams are not intended to be high definition productions of the graduation ceremonies.

 

If you are looking for higher quality video products from your loved one’s graduation, you should contact VTS at 609-365-8889

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Tango-195 Week 02 Summary

Week 02 nears its end. The individuals who stepped off the bus aren’t those that remain. We have lost many to fever, cold, and flu. Also Tango received recruits from senior companies who either were failing to meet standards or they too had the flu. The stress caused by learning new faces just to watch them leave cannot be ignored. What I really speak of is mental. All of us are different from the fresh recruits we once were a little over a week ago. Indoctrination weekend taught Tango the basics of Recruit communication. Imagine a lot of “Yes, Sir”, “No, Sir”, “Open”, and “Click” loud responses. The learning didn’t stop there, marching commands filled most of our spare time. For a large amount of Tango Company, this was unchartered water. We were not able to walk correct, conduct simple actions appropriately, and train as a group or team. Those first few days were stacked on classes just aimed at teaching the basics. Do not even get us started on the medical visits for shots. In short, the weekend was nothing short of a picnic. Week 02, this past week, Tango fully experienced boot camp in a way we were not expecting. Monday, the basics day, the Lead Company Commander for Tango Company taught military etiquette. Everything from classroom procedures to how we are required to speak. Tango then met our fitness instructor, who in a few words is a woman that can run circles around most of us. Tango doesn’t stand a chance in her gym classes. Tuesday through Thursday stacked even more classes in the mix. General housekeeping filled those days with GI Bill, Human Resources, and medical information. There is a trend, tons of info with little time to study. Lastly the weekend had Tango meeting the company mentor, Rear Admiral Gautier, who is a firm yet honest man. He genuinely wants the company to pull through and succeed. The advice we are honored he shared with us will help the Tango recruits pull together and get through. These last few days have not been easy. All of us miss our families and friends, we miss being able to eat and go when and where we want. Cape May is leagues away from what everyone is used to, the days last forever and nights are never long enough. The company is always tired and exhausted. Each day we remind ourselves why we committed to joining the Coast Guard. The training that has been instilled into us in just this one week already makes every one of us better. Each day we focus on working a bit harder and lasting longer. The payoff is already showing. Tango is two eights of the way to the finish. Until that time, Tango will keep feet to pavement with the help of our Company Commanders. We will all grow. Let’s see what next week brings us.

 

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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