Tango 197 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Tango 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 23, 2019

Graduates: September 13, 2019

This week was a big win and a total loss at the same time. We lost 03 shipmates alone this week and completely failed our Close Order Drill Test with our Section Commander. On the win side, we all passed our mid-term exam, which puts us on the senior company status. On top of that, we all passed our firefighting practical. Imagine being thrown into a pitch black, smoky room yelling FIRE! FIRE! FIRE! While also wearing 40 pounds of firefighting equipment with zero visibility. The only guidance that we had was the shoulder of the shipmate in front of us to guide us out. We had to make sure to stay low and move fast.

In Recruit Training, there are many milestones you have to reach, or should I say earn. This week not only did we earn flavored beverages, which is much more appreciated than you would think. We also earned our spearhead. For the many who may not know what that is: It essentially symbolizes the beginning of independence for our company. With this spearhead we are able to show everyone we pass on the regiment we have earned something many have not. With this spearhead, we marched alone for the first time to Dempsey Hall. This is where we were given the opportunity to take our individual military graduation photos in the Bravo uniform, which many have been waiting to do their entire lives. With these pictures, they will always remind of us of the sweat and tears we have gone through to earn that uniform. These photos are not the only thing that reminds us that the end is near and that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

We also got to fill out our dream sheets this week. A dream sheet is where you write down the place you want your first duty station to be at. Some of us dream of beaches and clear skies in Hawaii or Florida, and others prefer cold and snowy Alaska. Not all of us will get our first choice, but we will each be excited to show up to our first day of work at our new duty station. Just wait until our families hear where we are going.

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.

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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