Tango 190 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Tango 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: December 16, 2014

Graduates: February 06, 2015


TANGO – 190

Week 02 Summary


TANGO – 190 has reached the end of week 02 here at TRACEN Cape May. Though it is week 02 by definition, it is week 01of full blast Coast Guard Boot Camp. We have had our ups and downs without question. The general end of day report shows us all signing our initials for the Company Commanders handing us our rear ends on a silver platter. The amount of time we spend in the heads based on the consumption of water we drink due to the arduous days here in recruit training is almost immeasurable; looking back I am pretty sure we have set some Guinness record.

The week can be best summarized as “03 days before Christmas”, “02 days before Christmas”, “Christmas Eve”, “Christmas” and “the days we missed having Christmas”. TANGO is also getting the opportunity to experience some “pre-rates” duties such as Yeoman, Historians, Laundry Detail, Supply, Mail orderly, and the Lord Captain of the night watch (term can only be used by Company Commanders). What is the Lord Captain of the night watch you asked? Let me elaborate…..

“Lord Captain commands his shipmates to rise from their racks in the dead of the night, get dressed in their Operational Dress Uniforms (ODUs) and watch over James Hall defending it from intruders”. What actually happens is a chain of exhausted, half asleep recruits walk around in the same circles (as the previous watch) throughout the night and into early morning which is referred to as reveille.

Another bright moment in week 02 was the introduction of our Section Commander who seemed to be friendly and sincere but before our sleep deprived eyes transformed quickly into something out of a science fiction film by demonstrating the fastest way to clean off a desk. As the papers settled so did our hearts, and with that we are moving into week 03 where the stakes and the expectations from our Company Commanders are much higher!



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.