Tango 190 Recruit Journal Week 03




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Tango 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: December 16, 2014

Graduates: February 06, 2015



Side step, back, side step, forward, side step, I’m not too familiar with dance move of the Tango, but this is the movement in TANGO – 190

Last week was full of ups and downs and some straight away. From appearances, Cape May is flat, but from our experiences it a very treacherous and sometimes hard to navigate mountainous environment.

We are learning a lot of what it takes to be a non-rate (E3) in the Coast Guard. This week was filled with learning how to tie knots, give commands while standing the helm (steering wheel on a ship) and navigating. In addition to our practical abilities comes the torturous task of learning the onslaught of required knowledge.

The ability of one person to stop 5 and grill them on required knowledge is unprecedented. Our Company Commanders without effort can listen to 5 and more screaming voices and with pin point accuracy point out every slip up, misspoken words, and the barrage of facial expressions.

Though most of us spent our time wisely and studied the material at seamanship others, which don’t heed the warning from our company commanders veer of course and write letters, sleep in class or talk in class even after we’ve been warned countless times. Because of our inabilities another means to assist our imperfections has been created. In staying with theme of our sea going service a term in which we’ve come to dread in being a part of the “Ship Wreck Crew”. Those who are lucky enough to find themselves on that deserted island get a personalized square on the quarter deck with their name and special attention from the company commanders.

We also removed our last training wheel this week and started standing solo watches in James Hall or our house as it’s referred to. This is a pretty big step for us. You wouldn’t think it’s a daunting task. I beg to differ this is another means for our company commanders to pick us apart for our inabilities to look presentable, make it to watch on time, wake others up to prepare for watch, perform the cleanups and the multitude of other tasks associated with being a member of recruit training.

With all that has transpired this week and our ups and downs we are slowly coming together at a company. We just hope week 04 (yay….half way there, shhhh….don’t tell our company commanders) brings more fruits to our labor and not just more sour grapes!

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.