Tango 191 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Tango 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 18, 2015

Graduates: October 9, 2015






Tango has hit a huge milestone in recruit training. We are officially half way through recruit training here at Cape May. But, that doesn’t mean that’s it going to get any easier. It’s just the opposite. With our fresh haircuts and shiny “boondockers” we have become exactly what we don’t want, which is a beacon and a target for other company commanders to start questioning us about required knowledge. The “I have no hair and wear an Operational Dress Uniform, which implies I’m a senior recruit and should know my required knowledge, so please come pick on me!” look. Now we all stand out a little bit more and at this stage in the game there is no excuse for ignorance.


Tango has completed several courses and our company was split this week. Some Tangonites went this way while others went that way and we meet up again somewhere along the regiment. The company splits down the middle in order for bigger companies to get required classes out of the way. Tango follows two schedules: Tango Port Side and Tango Starboard Side. For instance, while the Starboard side of the company is getting career planning on Monday the Port side will be at the Armory all day getting weapons training. Each individual sub-company has been bestowed the responsibilities of knowing their schedules and arriving to meals and classes on time, all while marching themselves. Calling cadence and marching by yourself is way harder than you think.


On the schedule this week was something far left field than what the recruits thought: Weapons Training. Some of the shipmates showed a lot of enthusiasm for not having any prior experience at holding a weapon. We learned how to dismantle and put back together the P229DAK. Along with weapons training is firearm safety and the opportunity to go to the range and qualify by shooting the P229DAK at a target.


We took our midterm exams and had our PF Assessment. The PF Assessment consists of as many push-ups and sit-ups a recruit can do in sixty-seconds and a mile and a half run. Some shipmates failed a portion, but most made it. The shipmates who failed have to pass by Friday of week five.

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.