Tango 198 Recruit Journal Week 07

International Maritime Signal Flag Tango

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

I remember in ROM (quarantine), couple of the Company Commanders referred to it as “summer camp”. However, Week 05 for TANGO felt more like summer camp. Still mentally draining and tough, but probably the most fun we have had yet.

The week started off with our physical fitness exam. You would think “if they can do it once they can do it again.” We did, but a lot of us are physically drained that it was tougher to perform. But TANGO Company is tough and we pushed through to the finish line with flying colors…literally. We earned the physical fitness pennant that goes on our guidon right next to our colors.

Straight after we had marksmanship. We got to leave base to go to the range for some hands on fire arm training. It was a great way to relieve the stress built up from the physical fitness exam. We went through a series of target shooting and did so well that we earned another pennant.

The awards don’t stop there. Finally at the end of the week, we had our Manual of Arms and Close Order Drill test with our Section Commander. I can’t say we did great on that one. There was some flaws that our Section Commander pointed out that we had to work on. Right before that, we had our final exam and did very well on it. One of our Company Commanders said in jest that they were so shocked that dumpster fires could read and let us know we had won yet another pennant for everyone passing on the first attempt. Along with that we received the Section Commander Pennant for coming together as a team and improving at marching. Finally, to cap off the week, we had a lot of debriefs, Pugil Stick training, and on base liberty. Pugil Stick training was a ton of fun. Pugil Sticks rolled into on base liberty Saturday Afternoon.

We had 07 hours to look at our phones, eat all the junk food we could from the exchange, and go relax by the water to just hang out with one another. It was amazing to be able to call our families to talk about boot camp or anything really. Also, the snacks were pretty great too. With all the deserts from the galley, lack of sweat, and snacks today let’s hope our new units don’t do weigh-ins as soon as we get there because…Yikes!

TANGO is so close to the finish line we could taste it. Were still constantly reminded that we may not make it to graduation. If we stay locked on, we can soar.

TANGO isn’t done here. 06 more days to show these junior companies whose boss, and win some more pennants along the way. Good Night TANGO-198!

Written by: SR Squires

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. Recruits write Recruit Journals 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, to ensure authenticity of the content and messages.

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