Tango 192 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Tango 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 5, 2016

Graduates: May 26, 2016

Monday morning of week 04 hits us like a M-16 assault rifle at 25 yards. TANGO 192 is a very unique company, and it seems as though our individuality is exactly what is stunting our growth and keeping us from progressing. We are already at the half way mark, and at this pivotal point in our training everything we do is taken even more seriously. We are held to a much higher standard and many of us are having a difficult time facing reality. A subtle smile or an absent minded scratch of the head could potentially be a quick ticket out of Tango. So you can only imagine the fear that froze our hearts when all of the section commanders busted into our squad bays like a SWAT team to do an inspection. None were prepared for the expert level beat downs they were dishing out. About 70% of the company failed the inspection. Luckily, TANGO-192 is an optimistic bunch and we always do our best to bounce back.

 

This week was very hectic and exiting. We took our graduation pictures and managed to spruce ourselves up as best as we could so you all will be proud to show us off from your wallets. Our company split into two parts, port and starboard, which made it much easier to get around and we did many of our activities separately. One of the top most anticipated activities was visiting the firing range, which was something we had been buzzing about all weekend. We had to take a pre-requisite firearms safety class and were thoroughly debriefed before even setting eyes on any firearms. Even first timers found it easy to relax after some encouragement from the Gunners Mates that were instructing us. A third of our company managed to get qualified on the pistol and two came just a few points short of expert level marksmanship. The following day we took our final physical fitness test and managed to do very well. We also wrote on our dream sheets where we would like to go after boot camp. As we hastily scrawled down the different locations of where we wished to be stationed, we sent up a quick prayer to the powers that be (also known as “the detailers”) and hoped for the best. Next up was the infamous midterm that turned out to be not nearly as intimidating as we initially thought it would. Everyone passed on the first try with the exception of 03 shipmates who later passed the retest.

 

The weekends spent at the beachside for most is a party with laughter, relaxation, and great memories that last a lifetime. Here at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May we do not, I repeat, we do not party and we certainly do not laugh or relax. We are, on the other hand, creating great memories that will last us a lifetime. Memories like this are not the kind that you tell your friends to one up them about whose weekend was better. They are memories for us to look back on when times get tough for encouragement to get through whatever we are dealing with. These are memories we will share with our children to set examples of honor, respect, and devotion to duty. The memories we are making right now are going to wake us up and inspire us every morning of every day.

We are constantly pushed both physically, mentally, and to go out and serve our community. Living a purpose driven life is worth a few weekends without parties.

 

 

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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