Tango 195 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Tango 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Feb 13, 2018

Graduates: April 6, 2018

Half way there! Happy weekend to the outside world from TANGO-195. Week 04 was full of ups and downs for TANGO but we’ve made it through and are officially half way through basic training now!

Let’s start with the bad news. We’ve lost a few shipmates to injuries, illnesses, and some to administrative reasons. There were also quite a few red belts floating around the company this week. These shipmates were on probation for various reasons and became the center point for the company commanders to focus their fury on. On Wednesday we had our week 04 physical fitness test and a few shipmates failed but should be able to pass the re-test soon. Finally, for bad news, the company commanders have really started cracking down on us and have been handing Performance Trackers and Records of Counseling like candy on Halloween. But these are the candy bars no one wants. Eventually, we will learn from our mistakes and fix them.

Now for the good news! There were a lot of interesting and exciting classes for TANGO-195 this week. WE learned about housing options, classes of fire, firefighting, enlisted careers, and unit assignments. The most fun and adrenaline pumping class was the firefighting practical where we all donned real firefighting equipment, handled real hoses, and fought a simulated fire. There was so much fog you couldn’t see the shipmate in front of you and the hose, everything was done by feel and through clear communication. Firefighting got our hearts racing but our assignments class is keeping us waiting in anticipation. During class we all filled out our “Dream Sheets” with the places we most want to be stationed. We’ll each find out our individual orders sometime next week so keep your phones close by! Rumor has it we can make 01 quick call to tell our families where our next Coast Guard adventure will be.

This week we also took personal pictures, our mid-term test (everyone passed), practiced marching more, practiced our Manual of Arms, even got to do a weight workout at the gym instead of being “BEAT” by our company commanders. This week was good compared to some others, but we can still get better, faster, and louder. It just so happens week 05 is designed just for that. Rumor has it a lot of recruits leave their original company during week 05 because it is so difficult. Those who make it through show true dedication and come together as a team, ready and willing to accomplish whatever task is placed in front of us. TANGO-195 is ready for the challenges ahead and is looking forward to the second half of basic training here at Training Center Cape May. See you in 04 short weeks, friends and family!


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.