Tango 194 Recruit Journal Week 02

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Tango 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 27, 2017

Graduates: August 18, 2017




These past two weeks have been both the best, and worst of our lives. We’ve been physically and mentally stressed and strained in every way possible, but we are also beginning to “Feel” like much different people. As a whole, TANGO-194 feel motivated to succeed. When we got off the bus last Tuesday in front of Sexton Hall, I think each of us experienced the biggest culture shock of our lives. For many of us, it was the first time we’d left home. There was no one around for support anymore except your new shipmates, who were all struggling to stay afloat, same as you. For most of us, missing family is huge. Some cried the first night. Some are still crying. The first few days played out like some sort of Recruit processing plant, turning civilians into those ready to begin basic training. Haircuts, Vaccines, and Uniform Issue were just a few of the countless items on the agenda. Many thought the Company Commanders working at Sexton Hall were going to be the ones carrying us through training. But our hopes came crashing down when a recruit being discharged broke the news that we wouldn’t meet our Company Commanders till Friday, and that what we’ve experienced so far was not even close to how our lives were about to be torn apart. That Friday, we returned to the Sexton Hall classroom and listened to a brief motivational speech from our new Executive Officer, just before he unleashed our new Company Commanders. Within seconds our new Company Commanders Chief Heinze, Chief Pullen, Chief Lynch, and Petty Officer Botts took charge and descended on us like wild animals, and ushered us outside and over to our new home in James Hall, commonly known as the “Concrete Jungle”. This new “home”, would be where we would live for the next 07 weeks, provided that we have what it takes to remain a part of TANGO-194. The next 03 days were a whirlwind of information mixed with sweat. When we weren’t being physically destroyed or “Incentively Trained” as they called it, we were being force fed Rules and Regulations like drinking from a fire hose.   The physical demands are high, and only get higher as training continues. Where one day we’re struggling to hold just our hands over our head for extended periods of time, the next day it will be a full canteen. Then the next it will be your “piece” (demilitarized M16). We’ve heard rumors that as we progress it will get worse still. Our Lead Company Commander tells us regularly that our generation is weak. And that the pain and sweat we’ve experienced so far is only a taste of what’s to come. He said he’d break us all if he turned his Assistant Company Commanders loose 100% right away. And he was right. Five have broken and left Tango-194 already. But the day the “training wheels” come of is soon approaching. They say it gets easier as you get farther through training though. Not because the standards relax. FAR from it. It gets easier because we become stronger, and faster, and smart enough to get out of our own way and “Recruit”.   Right now we aren’t nearly fast enough or loud enough and we are constantly reminded of that fact by sweating our faces off all day long. In the words of our Lead Company Commander Chief Heinze, “Stupidity has a price, and it ALWAYS gets paid.” It’s time to either sink or swim Tango.


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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