Tango 196 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Tango 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Oct 16, 2018

Graduates: Dec 07, 2018


Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

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Under the “Graduation Date” Tab you will be able to find the Graduation Program



Don’t blink! Graduation was just around the corner for Tango-196. After receiving their colors on Sunday, the recruits had no idea what a wild and busy week they were in for. First Aid was the bulk of their Monday and Tuesday. Each recruit was successful in receiving a certification for the course. Another proud moment for Tango.

Next was their course on line handling, as well as their final seamanship class. It was bitter sweet for most of the recruits. Seamanship was usually an escape from their typical recruit training, but it was another part of training checked off the list. It was another pennant gained for their colors.

The recruits also got a lot of their questions answered this week from 02 debriefs with their Company Commanders, and debrief with the Battalion Commander. All the way to a video conference call with the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard. They were beginning to really understand how different their lives would be once they entered the fleet.

Another big “ADULTING” moment for the recruits was when they officially signed their orders for their first station. It was quick and painless, but they all officially signed away their lives upon the dotted line.

Friday was the most packed day for the recruits. They started their morning off with the entire company passing the final exam. It was a huge stress relief to no longer worry about an exam possibly changing their recruit status. Next they had both their Manual of Arms and Close Order Drill test. Both were evaluated and observed by several company commanders. Yet, even with that extreme amount of pressure and earning their off base weighing on their shoulders they passed with flying colors. To end the day, the recruits earned the right to wear the United States Coast Guard cover with the operation dress uniform. They screamed and sweat as much as they could to fly the Tango flag, and proudly wear that ball cover,

To end the week the recruits packed their rucksacks, put on their dress uniforms, and marched off base for liberty. A day to rest, and also present themselves to the public as a member of the United Stated Coast Guard. It was also another opportunity to talk with loved ones, and get to know the recruits of their company. It was exciting and rewarding for everyone.

In 01 week, Tango 196 will graduate and be a part of the Coast Guard fleet. It’s our time to shine, but also to set the standard for our fellow recruits.


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.