Tango 193 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Tango 193 Recruit Journal

Formed: November 1, 2016

Graduates: December 23, 2016

Easy come, easy go. Well, okay it didn’t come so easily…getting our colors so early, but they were lost easily enough. Something as simple as neglecting to fold our blankets while the linens were being washed was enough to have our colors sealed away. It was a week 02 mistake and Tango was ashamed. Our week 02 mistake got us treated like a week 02…sweating, step by step Company Commander dictated galley procedures and worst of all, the “civilian walk”, and “Pout Position Take”. We had to walk the regiment with our heads down and hands in our pockets with a taped up stick where our colors should be. We were forbidden to march in proper formation or respond properly to commands. The worst part was, knowing that we disappointed our Company Commanders. Tango can do so much better than that, and so we set out to prove it and earn our colors back. We were on our best behavior for the rest of the week. We were scared there for awhile; one of our biggest trials of boot camp was on Friday. We were to stand the graduation watch for Romeo Company. We would have to apply our knowledge of ranks and rank identifiers to properly greet civilian, enlisted and officers in attendance, including the Chain of Command for Training Center Cape May! One wrong move in front of them, word has it could lead to being reverted…We are proud to report that, for the most part Tango vastly overestimated the difficulty of the watch but underestimating our own grasp on our knowledge. We knew our stuff better than we thought. There were a few mistakes here and there, but nothing that warranted any reversions.


On Saturday we had another big event that involved associating with enlisted, officers and families of Training Center Cape May. It was the winter wonderland Christmas party. Our watch coordinator carefully selected the recruits who could best represent Tango Company, and sent them out to help with the event. It turned out to be a much more casual affair aimed at the children, where we got to interact much more casually with the permanent party members of the training center. Our Commanding Officer, Captain Gibbons and his wife were in attendance at the event and made their rounds having conversations about boot camp and what their first duty stations were. After the Winter Wonderland event we had our On-Base Liberty!! I’m sure you all probably know that by the phone calls you received. So back to our colors…After On-Base Liberty was over we all returned to the house with plenty of time to spare wanting to take no risks that would keep our colors in limbo. We expected to find a CC waiting there for us but surprisingly it was an empty house! This was a sign that we were being trusted to handle ourselves and do what was supposed to be done on our own. Then, there laid out on the quarterdeck was our COLORS! Freed from their restraints! We are now entering week seven with a fresh start.


Twelve days left to go, and we intend to keep our colors flying high and proud for every one of those twelve days!

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.