Tango 195 Recruit Journal Week 07

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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.

 

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Tango 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Feb 13, 2018

Graduates: April 6, 2018

 

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Friends and family of Tango-195, this will be the last entry from our company. It’s been a long road for Tango but we are closer now than ever before to the end of our time here at Cape May. Week 07 was one of the more mentally demanding weeks of training. Now that we are a senior company on the regiment we are required to be an example of excellence for the rest of the companies. The pressure of that alone is enough to keep us on our toes.

Along with being the senior company, we had the pressures of studying for our final, our manual of arms test, and our close order drill test. All three tests were on Friday; the final in the morning and the close order drill and manual of arms tests in the early afternoon. The final was passed by almost all recruits on the first attempt. Those who didn’t, simply took a retest and all passed with flying colors.

Our manual of arms and close order drill tests were another story. Something overcame the entire company and we all performed poorly. So poorly that we failed the close order drill portion. The failure almost cost us our off-base liberty. Luckily we retested Saturday morning and met the standard and earned our off-base liberty. They say freedom isn’t free and we definitely paid our fair share to earn our little bit of freedom on off-base liberty.

Directly after our retest we marched to the front gates and were met by buses and taxi’s ready to take us to the most popular destinations. For many of us that was a hotel. The opportunity to sleep in a real bed instead of on a 04 inch thick mattress was too good to pass up. Others of us went to see the latest movies. Black Panther and Pacific Rim were the popular choices. Of course everyone had to get some buttery delicious popcorn.

The third option was to get some decent food. The galley food isn’t the worst but it sure isn’t the best either. And with a weekly rotation of meals we always know what to expect. All of us that went out for a meal got exactly what we wanted; steak, Chinese food, sushi, a nice slice of pizza, it was all delicious. Coming back to base was bitter sweet. We’ve had a taste of normal life and wanted it to last forever. But now we know how close we are to the outside world and are ready to finish as strong as possible.

We are only 05 days and a wake up away from graduation. 05 days and a wake up from seeing all of you reading this. 05 days and a wake up from the bginning of the rest of our lives. Thank you all for your support over the last 08 weeks, we couldn’t have done it without you behind us pushing us forward. For the final time, Tango-195, OUT.

 

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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