Tango 191 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Tango 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 18, 2015

Graduates: October 9, 2015





Week 06 marks the big switch in recruit training, the metamorphosis from junior recruit to senior recruit for TANGO-191. No longer are we “echo one junior recruits”, now we are “echo one senior recruits”, which is just a tiny bit better. We made the transition from the lowly junior recruit barracks James Hall to the more civilized senior recruit housing in Healy Hall. One hot humid Cape May Friday, 70 TANGO recruits marched proudly into Healy Hall with their gigantic green sea bags. Carrying everything you own in boot camp including uniforms and blankets, the enormous sea bag will cause the average recruit to slouch forward with a hunchback. A herd of hunchbacks slowly migrated across the regiment to their new home.

The reigns which the Company Commanders have held so tightly upon the Tangonites have been loosened a little, allowing us to make more decisions but the stakes are higher. With added freedom comes a higher chance of screwing things up and the consequences are more severe now than ever. No longer can TANGO shipmates expect a slap on the wrist, so to speak, which really means an intense incentive training session loaded with push-ups and squats, but now some offenses warrant an automatic reversion and repeating an entire week. TANGO has already seen a pretty decent turnover in the number of recruits as far as losses and gains. The recruits must be squared away one hundred percent of the time. It’s a constant feeling of treading on thin ice and one wrong footing will spell disaster.

Along with becoming senior recruits we were issued the high fidelity pieces. The real deal, the Colt M16 5.56mm rifles, demilitarize of course just to ensure that one of the recruits can’t shoot themselves in the foot to get out of basic training. Sounds cool, right? Not really. The real M16’s are made out of metal and are much heavier that the ruber ones. Now the leading astrophysicist of the world may not know exactly what gravity is or what causes it, but the recruits of TANGO-191 sure know what it feels like. In the form of an M16 service rifle it feels like death. Multiple exercises are administered with it in the form of punishment.

This Saturday, the recruits had their first taste of liberty. Many recruits stuffed their faces with junk food and called loved ones back home. This week has proven to be challenfing. From here on out each recruit will have to stay on point and 100% correct in everything that they do or else it could warrant a reversion into another company. Next week will only be harder.

The only easy day in recruit training was yesterday.


-SR 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