Tango 197 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Tango 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 23, 2019

Graduates: September 13, 2019

This week for tango 197 was a roller coaster. Besides our “fire fire fire” and becoming near masters of passing our sea bags (which are approximately 40 lb. duffel bags), we also acquired new knowledge. We spent time in seamanship learning about boat crew duties, signaling devices, and had an introduction to basic radio communications. Between our practical skills, we also learned the valorous acts of the world’s greatest coast guard along with classes on financial management and travel entitlements in part of us hearing our orders. We also got some nice pool time with the survival float class. We had to put on a survival suit in under 05 minutes and then jump into the pool. Then we just laid on our backs like an overturned turtle just floating along and bouncing off of each other. After we were done floating individually, we linked arms into a HELP position which stands for Heat Escape Lessening Position. After we finished that we went immediately into a swim circuit, swimming ask and fourth down the pool talk about tiring. Getting our orders was very exciting some people got exactly what they wanted others were not so lucky. Many wanted palm trees but got penguins instead. We were called on stage one by one and got told where we were going but in great tango fashion we messed up our recruit communications and didn’t use close order drill at all so in turn we got everything that we worked hard to get, was taken away. But it didn’t stop there the tail end of week 5 was rough. We lost more and more of the guidon until we were marching with just half of it. It was like forming week all over again. It felt like the sweat would continue until the moral improved. Finally by Saturday we were feeling a little refreshed. We had our orders we spoke with our mentor again and lastly we got to do the confidence course some of us conquered our fears others did not. But like clockwork when we were done we packed our sea bags bracing ourselves for passing them again but we were surprised to see our company commanders with ball caps and sea bags as well red flag number one. Or fears of passing sea bags subsided however when we started marching around the base we had a more ominous feeling. We did 2 laps around the entire base and when we got back to the house we had the highlight of our week. Which was upon hearing the coastguardsman creed we turned around to see our company colors in the middle of the parade field waiting to be taken… and we took it. Our hard work as a team came to light and tango 197 is rolling full speed ahead because it takes the whole team to tango.

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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