Tango 190 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Tango 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: December 16, 2014

Graduates: February 06, 2015


On December 19, 2014 it was a cold and dismal night as 42 naive individuals arrived at Training Center Cape May. We weren’t sure what to expect but we knew this would be the ride of our lives. Within 72 hours that phrase above would come to be more than just words on a poster. It became our mantra. As the minutes, hours, days, weeks, and months passed TANGO -190 persevered through the treacherous seas of recruiting training. The last seven weeks did not come without a price though. The Coast Guard is an amalgamation of five federal agencies: the Revenue Cutter Service, the Lighthouse Service, the Steamboat Inspection Service, the Bureau of Navigation and the Lifesaving Service and to join this nation’s oldest, and most premier, maritime agency you have to put in the work and that begins here at TRACEN Cape May. TANGO has put in the work, we have bleed, cried, and sweat. We have been trained by the Coast Guards Elite. YNCS Elliott, AMT2 Haro and BM2 Gera pushed us until we broke. They rebuilt us into Smartly Disciplined, Physically Fit Coast Guard Men and Women.

On graduation day we will enter into the gymnasium as a solidified company. We are no longer naïve individuals we are now a team and committed members of the United States Coast Guard. We implore you to take a long look of what we have become. You will be inspired and you will be proud!

We are TANGO – 190, we are the future of the United States Coast Guard and we are ready

Coast Guard Recruit Company TANGO-190 Graduation Program

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.