Tango 192 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Tango 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 5, 2016

Graduates: May 26, 2016

The last few hours of Week 04 roll over and tensions are running high as Tango-192 enters Week 05. We have lost a few more of our dear shipmates, but we have also managed to pick some up along the way. At this point we have roughly 80 shipmates attached who are working their absolute hardest to come together. It is difficult to come from a completely different company in a much earlier week of training and to have to reset the clock and start over with a company that has different rules and protocol. That is a hump we have been trying to get over this past week.

Tango-192 is currently in what can only be referred to as the “rebellious teenager” phase. There’s a lot more attitude than gratitude when our Company Commanders are correcting us. Perhaps everyone at home can fondly reflect on just how loveable and cooperative we were between the ages of 13-17! After all that we’ve been through together somehow we have still only managed to crack the surface of putting our instructor’s words and lessons into practice. They intend to make sure that we leave here fully prepared for the fleet, no matter how long it may take.

Week 05 was particularly daunting for your beloved recruits. We got fitted for the dress uniforms that we will be wearing during graduation which is less than a month from now. As the tailors marked our Bravo (dress uniform), each shipmate walked around with their backs straight and their heads held high. It felt good to envision ourselves walking in front of our loved ones, but of course we were still about 03 weeks away from that glorious day.

The following day we had our uniform inspection that was conducted by our Section Commander. Our nerves were literally on edge as he gave us a once over. The females needed to have buns tighter than a ballerina’s and the males had to have faces smoother than a newborns. Instead of chewing us out for the obvious blunders in our appearance, our Section commander gave us advice and pointed out details that were missed in a calm and even voice. We all left the room knowing what to do and not to do next time in order to give a better impression.

Next was the most exciting part of the week, finding out where we would be stationed after boot camp. About 95% of the company got cutters; some of the most popular locations were Virginia, Florida, California, Seattle, and Alaska. We would soon be able to call our families and let them share in our excitement. Then we had to do our big move. We packed up all our stuff into our sea bags and hustled through the rain to Healy Hall. This was probably our most intimidating move yet, because a large amount of our Chain Command had offices within this building and would be checking up on us regularly. Like walking on a tightrope, one slip up could mean reversion because there is a higher expectation for senior companies. It is our hope that by week 06 we’ll move on from being teenagers and finally become well respected adults.

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.


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