Tango 193 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Formed: November 1, 2016

Graduates: December 23, 2016



Tango 193 Week 3


Week three down five more to go! Tango has had a very peculiar week full of surprises both pleasant and unpleasant. Sweat sweat sweat! Tango continues to trip over the little details, but we always pick ourselves up after. The beginning of this week was full of doubt and uncertainty that any of us would see the next sunrise and regrettably we did. Fire Fire Fire in the cold air of dawn. Every morning Tango had failed our time objectives down to mere seconds, but every second counts in the life saving business.

Speaking of life saving business, Tango began seamanship classes this week. We learned about lines, knots, and helmsman skills, but more than that tango had their biggest break through during one of the classes. A shipmate called an impromptu meeting while we awaited our Company Commanders to pick us up from class, and a group conversation we have dubbed the Tango turn around, we had a serious discussion, aided by the insight of our new brothers from Sierra Company, regarding what we were doing wrong and how to correct it. Many stood up and had their moments to speak, and Tango grew stronger in our bonds. We surged up, longer, faster, stronger and more determined.

We are no longer the babies of the regiment Uniform company is fresh off the bus, and chow time if full of yelling as they are taught proper galley procedure. Things to look forward to Tango learned that they get to participate in Operation Fireside! We get to go spend Thanksgiving Day with some residents of Cape May who have been kind enough to open their homes to us. We even get our cell phones so we can contact our families and friends. That’s something to be thankful for! Something else we are all very thankful for is that graduation has been moved up a day to the 22nd! Look for our letters and wait for our phone calls on Thursday.



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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