Tango 190 Recruit Journal Week 04


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Tango 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: December 16, 2014

Graduates: February 06, 2015


Tango-190 is finishing Week 04 at full throttle, and the Galley is still our worst nightmare. The nightmare that is trying to be described is like a scene out of Jaws. There is a pit of swarming sharks of every variety! Bull Sharks, Tiger Sharks, and even the occasional Great White make their home at the Company Commander table. All have the same goal in mind…a meal. The best selection is by far the recruit who moves slow or one who doesn’t know their required knowledge. As they pick their prey apart, the rest of us try to be the proverbial “blue blue” and avoid capture.

This week has been exciting for some and not as much for others. We still haven’t seen into the eyes of our Company Commanders, and we don’t plan on it either. Those that make the attempt can equate this action to looking into the eyes of Medusa, except worse! This week also marked the start to our firearms training, physical fitness assessment, mid-term, and of course…probation. Probation is designed for the individuals who are falling behind in training and need a little extra attention from our Company Commanders. The flashy red belt may add some flare to the uniform, but it’s not the kind of flare you want on this regiment. As far as the classes, pay attention and take good notes. If you can manage to stay awake and keep your eyes and ears open, the mid-term will be a breeze.

This week also was when we were able to submit our Assignment Data Cards aka our “dream sheets.” We pick our districts and the types of units that we want to be stationed at for our first assignment. Our Company commanders took some time to talk about some of the units in the Coast Guard and without showing the excitement; every recruit had that common goal in mind, graduation and reporting to our units.

We’re beginning to think that our Company Commanders enjoy riding the bikes more than walking. Exercise has also been a key component to this week and the spin bikes have been the instrument of choice. Just a heads up, don’t be the recruit to say that the Company Commanders exaggerate their calorie burn count. If you happen to be the one to do that, expect to burn a few extra calories yourself, and not on the bikes.

As a Company, we are slowly starting to come together as one cohesive unit, but Tango-190 still has a lot of work. Pride is starting to fill most of the company, our uniforms look a little better, boots a little more shined, and marching a little taller. Our Company Commanders are teaching us military bearing, self-discipline, and the Core Values. Each of them have their own twist on how to deliver this content, some involve more sweat than others. When the Company Commanders aren’t doing the above, they are holding the stars in place and making sure the earth rotates on its axis. Although we are pushing forward, we must keep our eyes above the waves and continue to mold into a team. We will see you all in a few short weeks!

TANGO-190…Signing off

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.