Tango 195 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Tango 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Feb 13, 2018

Graduates: April 6, 2018


Week 06 is in the books; boy was it an exciting one. For the past 02 weeks Tango has been reciting their 04 Firearm Safety Rules. We were all wondering when these rules are going to be more than just words being spat out of our mouths. Tuesday and Thursday were those days. Each day, half of the company was able to go off base to a live firing range. A treat for those who enjoy shooting and a first experience for others they will never forget. While we all did our best to shoot well and hopefully earn a Marksmanship Pennant for the company, the real focus was on safety. With no mishaps on the range, it’s safe to say that was a success.

Other than the range time and firearms safety classes before it, week 06 was a big week for Tango-195. Most of us were able to get in contact with our phone calls and e-mails. Through our first contacts we found out information like what our duties will be, the unit’s main missions, who we will be working with, what entitlements we will receive, and what types of housing we’ll have. Those of us living aboard a cutter are pretty jealous of our shipmates who are getting a bit of extra cash to find an apartment to make their own. But we on cutters will see cooler things so it’s a fair trade to make.

Most of you family members reading this probably already know all about your recruits’ orders, how much fun they’re having in training, and how good the food is at the galley. That’s because Saturday afternoon and early evening Tango-195 was granted on base liberty and even got their cell phones back for a few hours. We only had so much time so we’re sorry we couldn’t call all you aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents. Mom and dad were more worried about us.

During our 06 hours of liberty most of us went to the exchange and bought all the essentials; soda, candy bars, chips, cookies, ice cream, and toothpaste to keep from getting cavities from all that sugar. It’s too bad we couldn’t buy any over the counter medications to help with the stomach aches we all had after stuffing our faces. While the soda and sweets were nice the words we heard from you reading this were all we really wanted. We hope it was half as nice for you to hear from us as it was for us to hear from you. You give us the motivation to work harder every day and push towards graduation.

Speaking of graduation, we’re now less than 02 weeks away from that day. These next 02 weeks are going to be difficult for Tango-195 but as long as we keep coming together as a team and fixing each others’ mistakes, we can all graduate together. The light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter and Tango is looking forward to seeing all your smiling faces and open arms on the other side.


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.