Tango 198 Recruit Journal Week 03 / 05 Overall

International Maritime Signal Flag Tango

Formed: May 19, 2020
Graduates:  July 10, 2020

Week three, good bye. Hello search and rescue week. Week three was more exciting than any of us expected. We started the week off by being fitted for our dress blues, also known as our bravos. Needless to say the company looked wicked Sharp. We felt like real coasties. We looked in the mirror, and pictured our families seeing us in our heads. Personally, my favorite item was the combination cover. This is a symbol that we are in the United States military. Not only the military, but the Coast Guard. We are very proud to have made it this far, and can’t wait to be acting members of the fleet.

However, with each week that passes the more things we are held accountable for. Week three brought some pretty red belts our way. For those who don’t know a red belt is bad. It means you have been placed on probation. This could literally be for anything. You may have fallen behind in general knowledge, or you may have just looked funny to the wrong person. There is a way out though and we have confidence our shipmates will be fine. Speaking of trying to survive, this week we familiarized ourselves with the Coast Guard “Mustang” survival suit. This basically means we practiced getting in them, and then floating around the pool like a bunch of orange puffs. This was one of the company’s favorite things of the week, but nothing compares to the doozie on Thursday. Thursday started pretty normal. We practice the part Tango would play in the Quebec company graduation on Friday, got smoked a little, then a little more, and then we were told to report to the classroom.

There has been whispers but nothing to back it up. We suspected it might be orders time. We were right. We were called to the front of the room, and asked if we like hot or cold, east or west. Then after we said what we were hoping for, many of our dreams were happily crushed by our Company Commanders. Although few of us got what we asked for, we are all ready to embrace the new experience regardless of what it is. That being said, those who got stationed in Alabama took a bit more convincing. On Saturday we were able to make our first call home in over a month. We were all crying like little babies. Even though there were tears, this gave us drive to push forward and make them proud. We ended the week with a class about Commitment, taught by our lead CC. This class was amazing and showed us what living the core values means. We were showed the power of “Persistence with a Purpose,” It instilled pride into us for our privilege to serve in this wonderful service, as well as being part of Tango-198.

Written by:

SR Self (Tango-198)

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.

Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon 

Go to: http://www.forcecom.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/FORCECOM-UNITS/TraCen-Cape-May/ Under the “Graduation Date” Tab you will be able to find the Graduation Program .

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