Tango 190 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Tango 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: December 16, 2014

Graduates: February 06, 2015


Week 06



Week 06 has come and gone. Just like the first 5 weeks TANGO has had its up and downs. However, the silver lining in these snow filled clouds is the ups for TANGO have far outweighed the downs. All pre-flight checks have been completed and TANGO company is taxing and ready for takeoff. ROMEO graduated in fine fashion, SIERRA is next and then us, and trust me we’re ready for departure.

Week 06 has been comprised of incentive training sessions, researching and making contact with our new units, and the ever so loved bike workouts with our Company Commanders, I think they would give Lance Armstrong a run for his money. The inconsistencies we have as a company are few and far between. However, when we have them they are huge and senior chief and his company commander corps has no issue making sure it doesn’t happen again. Case in point, the company we split in half for classroom instruction and ID cards. Well, in true TANGO fashion those who were getting their ID cards had a lapse in military bearing and some decided to fall asleep, talk, act foolish, and an array of other unapproved mannerisms while awaiting their turn to get their military ID. Well as senior chief has told us he has eyes everywhere and trust me it’s true. As soon as all of them came back their evening was consumed with incentive training, and remedial instruction, over and over and over and over again. Needless to say those actions will probably not happen again. Our company commanders have a tactful way of ensuring obedience, I think it’s due to their compassion, delicate approach and sincere understanding when dealing with us. NOT REALLY! J

The day we’ll never forget happened on Jan 25, 2015. The weather was beautiful, it was cool, sun was shining and the wind was calm, our company commanders broke us up into squads for team building evolutions. They allowed us to work out our differences with each scenario, this was a great opportunity to learn each other’s strengths and weaknesses and utilize them ensuring success. This also made us quickly realize how challenging it is for our company commanders. We had difficulty getting compliance and buy in from 10 – 15 people, I can’t imagine corralling and getting over 50+ recruits with varying thought process on the same page and functioning as a cohesive unit. After chow our company commanders marched us out to the beach, it was very picturesque. As I mentioned, the weather couldn’t have been better (this time of year) and the sun was setting. We were standing facing a calming sea, then after a quick incentive training session (to get the blood flowing) Senior Chief shared some inspiring words. He told us “you are looking at your new home. The sea is unforgiving and takes thousands of lives every year. It is your job to ensure the safety of those in peril, to protect our coast lines, to fend off drug smugglers and to protect our wildlife and fisheries. You are the future of the United States Coast Guard, serve her proudly!!” Then he had us do an about face and there before us was our colors. Flying in the breeze waiting to be picked up and held by TANGO company! It is now official we are now recognized as a senior company on the regiment.

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.