Tango 193 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Tango 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: November 1, 2016

Graduates: December 23, 2016

 

“I will follow orders quickly, willingly, and without question.” This has been the mantra of the week as TANGO ends its second week of training at Cape May. Little did we know on the bus ride over what challenges awaited us behind the gates of this quaint looking bayside town. Sit up straight! Heels together at a forty five degree angle! Thumbs along trouser seams! Command after command came rapid fire before we ever set foot off the bus, and it hasn’t shown any indication of slowing down anytime soon. Currently, TANGO company is a ragtag bunch consisting of seventeen females and seventy three males for a total of 90 in our company. We are a group with widely varying ages, backgrounds and personalities, but we are slowly beginning to come together over the course of the past two weeks. Our class instructors have high praise for us, but our Company Commanders…not so easily impressed. Its rough over here- the hours are long and none of us have ever sweat so thoroughly in our lives. The stress is high, everything is done with a sense of urgency. But we remind ourselves it’ll all be worth it to make it out of here as Coast Guardsmen on December Twenty Third. It’s not all horrible though- the food is pretty great, and the crew that serve it are very pleasant. We got to meet the Chaplain, who comes once a week to visit our squadbays, and keeps us informed on the latest news and sports, as well as regaling us with delightfully corny jokes that brought smiles to the faces of these exhausted recruits. And then there is mail call… the best part of the day. We all get emotional at the bittersweetness of mail call, be it from our friends and families or from perfect strangers and random school children who send us letters addressed to “Any Recruit”, available to those of us who don’t have a letter to enjoy. Mail call is fleeting though. We have very little time to write back, so please be patient with us. We love you and miss you, but we have to stay focused so we can do you all proud. We were recently issued our pieces, as well as having various classes day to day about everything from various Coast Guard benefits available to us to anti-terrorism. We met our mentor today, an officer from Sector Northern New England. We are his first company, and we spent several hours asking him questions about the Coast Guard. Most of us have begun to come down with the “Cape May Crud”. An ailment of snot and coughing, but Coast Guardsmen don’t let a little thing like that stop them. There are seabags to move and canteens to hold, and lots of yelling to be done! Many of us have begun to lose our voices, but with all this intense physical labor, we are bound to leave here much stronger! Just six more weeks to go! Get ready to meet your newly minted Coast Guardsmen! Tune in next week for TANGO’s tale of week three.

 

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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