Tango 192 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Tango 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 5, 2016

Graduates: May 26, 2016

“We are Tango, mighty-mighty Tango” roared through the streets of our regiment and nearby community as our go-fasters pounded the pavement on our first off base run. This was a great way to motivate our company and kickoff our week. The residents of Cape May stood in their front yards, it seemed like there were much more than usual. They all stopped to watch and cheer us on, as if they’d been anticipating seeing us all morning. Our company commanders ran alongside us, and gave us the privilege of carrying our colors. This was, without a doubt, the best game changer for weeks yet. The beginning of this week felt like a dream, it’s too bad that the momentum did not hold up to the harsh climate of boot camp.

Our Company Commanders did their best to lay off of the Incentive Training and give us more time to get ready for life post Boot Camp. However, Tango-192 is a glutton for punishment. We still managed to spend a lot of the week holding pieces, manuals, and canteens (and not because we were thirsty either). The frustration from both our shipmates and our Instructors was overflowing. We were Week 06; we weren’t supposed to be doing these kinds of things anymore. However, the Week 03 mentality was still in the backs of our minds.

We still managed to have a good time during some of our other specialty events. The first one was Pugil stick Battle Royale. As old rivals squared off in the ring our shipmates cheered them on as the winner would exit the fight victorious. Our Company Commanders seemed to have let up, showing a little smile here and there and for a brief moment we were smiling right along with them. Afterwards, many faced their fears head on and conquered the confidence course. Jumping over hurdles, scaling walls, and pulling our bodies up ropes tested our physical endurance as well as our mental endurance. Late Friday night, we were back on the Quarterdeck with our pieces and a angry company commander. She wanted us to be more independent and think for ourselves, and to do the right thing when no one was looking. Our Squad Leaders took heed of her words and told us “Week 06 does not sweat. We are better than this!”.

We woke up on Saturday with a better mindset. We were done with our bad reputations. We made it a point to carry ourselves well during on base liberty, the way our Company Commanders taught us to. After clearing the exchange (on base store) of all the candy, snacks, and ice cream in stock we marched over to the Harbor View where we’d be spending the next few hours on the phone with our friends and family. During our stay we kept our military bearing and ran a very tight ship. We cleaned the place up and left it better than we found it. Afterwards, we marched ourselves home proudly. We buckled down, took evening muster, evening routine, and began preparing to be a fleet ready company the tomorrow and every day after that.

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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