Tango 197 Recruit Journal Week 03

International Maritime Signal Flag Tango
International Maritime Signal Flag Tango

International Maritime Signal Flag Tango

Tango 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 23, 2019

Graduates: September 13, 2019

Week 03 for Tango has been a horrendous roller coaster with more downs then ups. This week we have endured hardships that you could not even fathom, and only Tango Recruits can describe. Monday in a nutshell, was a very proactive day. We were able to start practicing marching ourselves for the first time. This gave Tango Company that little extra confidence to the through the week. We also started Seamanship classes, seamanship is where we learn the basic line handling skills, how to report contacts on and above the water, learn how to line (we used to call it rope) handle along with other nautical terms and skills. Tuesday was a ROUGH day, after our amazing seamanship class our Section Commander Chief Snyder gave us another great lecture on how important helping each other succeed is. Tango Company was invited to a Coast Guard Ball in Washington D.C. that will be at the end of Week 07, an opportunity of a lifetime. Wednesday was yet another day… or so we thought. We lost our first shipmate through the term oils of Reversion. This very shocking and eye opening experience snapped most of us into reality. No one thought that it would happen, at least not this soon. Later we were visited by the Regimental Officer who introduced himself to the company and told us that discrimination of ANY kind will not be tolerated in this Company and most certainly not in the Fleet, and that he had an open door policy if we ever needed to speak with him. Thursday was a rewarding day, after gym we went to Seamanship class were everyone passed their knot tying practical. We were also issued our Government Identification Cards. But that’s not all, all of the recruits on base were gathered into the Gymnasium for a special pep-talk. Three of the former Master Chief Petty Officers of the Coast Guard were in attendance. We had the opportunity to meet the seventh, eighth, and eleventh Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard. Friday Tango Company saw a glimpse at the light at the end of the tunnel for the first time, as we were able to march in Papa 197’s Graduation as the junior company. This emotional moment for us showed us two things. One, is that we needed to get better and work harder on our Close order drill (marching) and two, this impossible task really is possible and WE can do this.

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.

Tags: Tango 197