Tango 197 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Tango 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: July 23, 2019

Graduates: September 13, 2019

Hello and Goodbye to week 06 for Tango Company. We’ve passed the half way mark and slowly, but surely we’re nearing the end of your journey at Training Center Cape May. This week was full of new and wild experiences for all of us, and we also got the opportunities to contact our units and learn more about our new orders. Between housing, travel and learning about our new homes, it was a positive experience in which everyone is excited for the fleet.

The main event for us this week was our Firearms Training and our Live Fire Practical. The Tango Tribe split forces into our Port and Starboard groups to accomplish this task. We learned all bout Firearms Safety, the mechanics of the 40 Caliber SIG SAUER P229, and how to fire the handgun correctly for accuracy. For many of us, this was the first time every handling a Firearm, and to our surprise we did very well. Our success at the Range led us to earning the Marksmanship Pennant to add to our Company’s Colors.

Another milestone this week was having our Company Commanders explain and instruct us on how to wear and maintain our Dress uniforms correctly. We’re still learning so it’s safe to say that we’re a solid 5 out of 10 for appearance points.

Between lots of class time, classes from the Yeoman to get our careers started, and even taking our final physical fitness test, the highlight of the week was Saturday.

Saturday kicked off with some friendly Pugil Stick bouts. Recruits armed with football helmets, pads and oversized Q-tips battled it out in a small arena. It humbles some, and brought out character in others. It was an outstanding display of sportsmanship, and some insanely good strikes. We all came out healthy, with smiles on our faces, and an even tighter bond with our shipmates.

Besides our coordinated fight club, we also were given tours on the Coast Guard Cutters stationed here in Cape May. We were able to see the berthing room (where you sleep), the different bridges, etc. on the different platforms so that we could have an idea of what some of our new homes will be like.

But with saving the best for last, Saturday also marked our on-base liberty. We all got a chance to relax, use our phones, call home and eat all sorts of food with at the Harbor View, and get this, the Harbor View actually has a “Harbor View”. It is a beautiful and relaxing view of the bay, where you can sit and watch vessels moving about, so needless to say it was a quiet evening for the Tango Tribe.

If all goes well, you will hear from us next week as Tango Company tries to earn their Off-Base Liberty. To earn Off-Base liberty we must with precision and snap pass our Close order Drill and Manual of Arms test, as well continue to act and look like a Senior Company of the Regiment.

Thank you friends and family for your support and we will see you soon!

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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