Tango 192 Recruit Journal Week 07

International Maritime Signal Flag Tango

 

Tango 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 5, 2016

Graduates: May 26, 2016

 

Coast Guard Recruit Company Tango 192 Graduation Program

 

TANGO – 192

 

WEEK 07 SUMMARY

 

“60, 59, 58,…” we mumbled as we rushed to morning muster. We had only a few minutes to get out of our sleep wear, into the uniform of the day, and formed up ready to step off for chow. Unfortunately, many of our shipmates were still in dreamland and didn’t make it on time. Our company commanders promise to wake them up with an early morning party. As tired E-1’s lumbered into the galley, we were pleasantly surprised when we were granted permission to eat desserts and consume coffee.

Later that day before the big company run with Sierra-192, our Lead Company Commander marched us towards the gate and then took a sudden turn in front of the Admin building. As we stood with our backs to our Company Commanders, our Lead acknowledged the progress we were making as a company and noticed that Tango was finally coming together, helping each other, and getting stuff done. Then he about faced us and our eyes immediately locked onto the red, white, and blue stripes flowing in the wind. Our Assistant Company Commanders stood side by side in agreement as our Lead proclaimed “ I think you have earned your colors, Tango. If you want ‘em, go get ‘em”. For a moment we stood in shock, and then we immediately dashed for our colors. Each shipmate tried to grab a hold of the guidon as we encircled it completely. “Tango, Tango, Tango” could be heard across the whole regiment as we shouted and jumped in excitement. As we marched to the gate, we were encouraged to finally sing cadences with our Company Commanders. It was a privilege reserved once for senior companies.

Wednesday was our first Company Commander debrief. This is a time for us to get to know who our instructors really are and ask questions about anything and everything. Each one had something unique an insightful to impart on us as we prepare to enter the fleet. Although out Company Commanders have begun to treat us like adults instead of just recruits, it is even more important for Tango to stay locked on. Many eyes are on us now, and the junior companies look at us as an example. It is our company’s responsibility to uphold our instructor’s teachings.

Along with the stress of being a senior company comes the stress of taking final exams. Not only did we have a final that determined whether or not we graduated, we also completed our close order drill and manual of arms test. Our nerves were completely on edge. Right after the final we went back home and grabbed our pieces, and marched straight to the reviewing stand to practice our routine one last time. We were told that the real deal wasn’t until the afternoon; however our Lead Company Commander walked up to us and said we are doing it now. At that moment, all the gnats of Cape May swarmed around us as we tried to keep still at the position of attention. After getting great scores on both tests we were ushered to the neighborhood of Cape May with trash bags and gloves in tow ready to help clean up our community. It was the first time we were able to enjoy the scenery without double timing. It was a great way to end such a stressful day.

The next morning we got all dressed up in our Trops and garrison covers. After a brief inspection from our Lead Company Commander, we were given the ok to head off base. Many got the chance to see or speak with their loved ones. We kept getting stopped by civilians who wished to thank us for our enlistment in the Coast Guard. It felt good to know that we were representing the Coast Guard with dignity and class. It made us even more excited that in 05 days we would be real Coasties.

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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