Tango 191 Recruit Journal Week 05


International Maritime Signal Flag Tango

International Maritime Signal Flag Tango

Tango 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 18, 2015

Graduates: October 9, 2015



“Stop staring at the deck!” Harped Operations Specialist 1st Class Wasowski as the extremely nervous recruit peers into the abyss of the floor searching frantically in the recesses of his mental library to quickly retrieve a parcel of required knowledge. “My 11th general order is, ‘To be especially watchful at night, and um… during the time for… um… challenging, to challenge all persons on or near my… um… post. And to, um…'”, the recruit shouts out in front of the entire company, and fails. This was just the first test of SAR (Search & Rescue) week.

This week separates the recruits who packed the gear necessary to survive Cape May from those recruits who did not. Sadly, Tango-191 has already lost 28 recruits due to either medical issues or being reverted and having to repeat a week of training, most during this week alone. The mental stress put on the Tangonites has been insane. There is an immense amount of required knowledge we recruits are expected to memorize verbatim and shout out at the top of our lungs in a confident manner in front of your whole company and in front of an angry company commander. We wake up at 0530 every morning and have to get changed into the full uniform of the day, take roll call, and march across the training center for morning chow arriving no later than 0545. It’s all about speed here at Cape May. This week we can’t afford to make any mistakes.

We have to be locked on at all times. The official uniform, rack, and required knowledge inspections are nerve racking. When the section commanders walk into the squad bay, their presence is known. Silence ensues. You can hear a pin drop as every recruit in there dares not move a muscle while standing at the position of attention. The recruits may be still on the outside, but on the inside their nerves are firing like 10,000 volts are passing through them. These chiefs have the power to revert you on the spot, and they are thorough in their inspections, to say the least. All of this is designed to teach us recruits to pay attention to the littlest detail and to show confidence even in the face of fear. It’s not easy to learn, but for those who made it past Friday and triumphed over SAR week were duly rewarded.

We finally got to run to obstacle course, and it was awesome. Afterwards, we marched back to the squad bay, and much to our surprise, we halted in front of the parade field. Lo and behold, there lay our company colors: the tango flag. Up until now, all we had was our plain white flag with a black “T”, and at one point a broom.

“Do you see something you want, Tango?” asked Petty Officer Wasowski.

“YES PETTY OFFICER WASOWSKIIII” blasted the Tangonites.

“Then go get her”, she replied. “AHHHHHHHHHHHH” screamed the recruits as they rushed the flag. As we began to march proudly with our colors, in hand, Petty Officer Wasowski began to lay it down with some seriously sick cadences.

The future of Tango-191 is looking brighter with more pride in us than ever before. We defeated SAR week, endured countless IT sessions, earned our colors, had the pleasure of singing along to cadences from our company commanders as we marched, and made the move into Healy Hall (especially designated to senior companies). Let’s hope that Tango keeps their military bearing and stays the course.


-S.R. Slippy


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.