Tango 191 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Tango 191 Recruit Journal

Formed: August 18, 2015

Graduates: October 9, 2015







It has been a long, long, really long 7 weeks. The evolution of the recruit is almost complete. The metamorphosis from a civilian to a military member has been a slow and painful o=process, to say the least. We formed up on 21AUG15 with a bus load of unorganized, undisciplined, lazy recruits and now we are a company of highly motivated, truly dedicated, lean, mean, Coast Guard machines. From the beginning we were thrown to the wolves to fend for ourselves and endure countless tribulations. We were forced to learn how to think fast, act fast, and to be always ready for the next challenge. Semper Paratus, Latin for “Always Ready”, is the Coast Guard motto and the recruits who have made it this far understand that concept quite well. During the infamous week 05 “Search and Rescue” week, our ability to be prepared and always ready was tested to each recruit’s limit. We have learned the importance of attention to detail during every evolution, as it is paramount to mission success. Just as one small mistake in the real world could spell disaster for a mission, one small mistake in recruit training could land a Tangonite into big trouble. Everything we do has to be 100% correct 100% of the time. All the hundreds of speed trials we have endured have trained us to use speed and precision to accomplish a task fast, efficiently, and correctly. In an emergency situation, speed and precision is what every Coast Guardsman must have in order to save a life. \

We have learned the value of teamwork as many of our challenges were impossible to complete without the help of each other. Since the start of recruit training, TANGO-191 has been held accountable as a unit for one recruit’s mistake and punished as a whole. It’s all for one and one for all in TANGO company. Respect was an important aspect in this process. We learned to respect everyone equally and offer aid to anyone in order to have 100% mission success. TANGO’s Company Commanders have held the recruits to high standards and they have expected nothing but the best. TANGO-191 is our Lead Company Commander Petty Officer Wasowski’s last company, and there is no way she was going to let us off easy. The Company Commanders have been role models for us all as they have shown their dedication to their duty by being exemplary Coast Guard members with always perfect uniforms. They sacrifice a lot being away from home often working long hours and drilling the recruits. They have pounded the raw recruits and transformed them into finely tuned and well-disciplined military machines. No one goes through TRACEN Cape May having an easy time. The first couple of weeks were a dark and dreary time for most recruits and with seemingly no end in sight. Constant incentive training and fire drills for days. Many of us had to dig deep inside to find strength we didn’t know was there in order to keep going. But when the going gets tough, the tough get going and in five short days this tough crew of Tangonites will officially be members of the United States Coast Guard. We have proven our dedication to the Coast Guard by sticking it out through the tough times. We won’t quite when it gets hard, we have grown together as a team and have learned to respect one another. Imbued within us now are the Coast Guard core values of Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty.

We are ready.


Coast Guard Recruit Company Tango 191 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.