Tango 194 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Tango 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 27, 2017

Graduates: August 18, 2017


Tango-194 Blog Week 03

This week went down way differently than I could have ever imagined. Our Helsman has a description of Boot Camp week by week, but it skips week 03. Most likely due to the fact that the author’s week 03 was similar to our own, and best never talked about again. This week we sweat nonstop. From reville to taps, the only precious seconds we had that weren’t in a position of strain, were the ones spent in required classes or in our racks. This week we gained some shipmates that didn’t make it in Sierra-194, and we lost shipmates to medical. The ones we lost, for the most part broke physically due to the tremendous amount of Incentive Training. But some just plain quit as well. Honestly, none of us are enjoying ourselves here. No one wants to have their basic freedoms stripped for two months (or more). No one wants to be woken up by an angry Company Commander with a scary hat and a whistle. But everyone here has a passion for something that the Coast Guard can help fulfill. Most people here want to help other people while helping themselves, and step one of that journey is getting a crash course in the basic fundamentals of military training. Along with that you get broken down both physically and mentally, and rebuilt again better, stronger, and faster.

The people that replaced the shipmates we lost are for the most part, fitting in just fine. They warned us of a surprise rack and rucksack inspection that caused them to get knocked back a week, and for the most part have other useful information to share with the company due to the fact they’ve been here for an extra 7 days. But regardless how much they know, they are all in the same boat as us when the pain and sweat start. We’re all in this together now. You’re nothing without your rack mate when your rack gets trashed by a CC. That’s just one example of many… They have their breaking point same as the rest of us. One of them broke after passing our Seabags around the quarterdeck after 45 minutes, and had to get an ambulance. That same recruit was placed on probation the day before, and probably won’t be here at this time next week. Probation is a tool to evaluate whether we’re operating at the level in training we should be. Out Lead CC tells us it’s for our own benefit to get us where we need to be. But it feels more like a death sentence.

This week has challenged all of us mentally, physically, and emotionally. But the most stressful tests and challenges are still in front of us. I really hope the best for those of us who won’t graduate with Tango. This process is advertised as being 8 weeks. In reality however, some people just need more time to transition from civilian life to being a working member of the Coast Guard. Tomorrow is the start of a new week. We will get our bodies destroyed over and over I’d be willing to bet. But we’ll also be getting into the heart of recruit training and learning information that will be used in the fleet. This past week made us sharper, faster, and louder than the previous weeks and I know that, for those of us who are giving 110% we will only be that much better in the weeks to come.


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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