Tango 195 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Tango 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Feb 13, 2018

Graduates: April 6, 2018


WK 05 Summary

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day families of Tango-195! Today is Saturday, March 17th and that marks the end of week 05 for Tango. Week 05 is known as a Search and Rescue week in Cape May, or as the recruits like to call it, Search and Revert week. This week alone Tango lost over 10 recruits who were unable to meet the new, higher, standards set forth for us. Even more were placed on Probation.

Most of the shipmates who left us failed either their uniform inspection, rack inspection, or both. These inspections were done by all the Section Commanders at the training center, it was a stressful few hours for us recruits! More stressful than usual anyway. While we lost several shipmates we also gained several new shipmates who have been able to bring new ideas to Tango and show us things in a different light. They’ve been a breath of fresh air we desperately needed.

On the bright side of things, everyone in Tango got their official orders to their first duty stations! In just 03 short weeks Tango-195 will be spread out all across the country. From Alaska, to Hawaii, the Great Lakes to Puerto Rico, and everywhere in between, we will be representing our Company in every corner of the country. The best part of our orders is that most of us got a location that was at least close to number 01 choices.

The spaces in our schedule between these big events mostly consisted of class time and some heavy sweat sessions with our assistant Company Commanders. We learned about the history of the Coast Guard, some of the Coast Guard’s biggest heroes, ways to travel to our first duty stations, and the entitlements we are allowed for that travel. We haven’t had a boring class yet. Everything from Fire Training, to Financial Planning has been fun, interesting, or vital to our success in the Coast Guard. Everyone enjoys class for those reasons. Getting away from the Company Commanders for a bit is a just a nice little bonus.

Throughout the week Tango-195 showed some real improvement, at least we think so. Were finally starting to mesh together and become one big family. Of course all families bicker with each other once in a while, but it’s happening significantly less in Tango now. We’re all doing our best to push ourselves as hard and far as we can and when we need a little extra help there’s another 84 shipmates behind us ready to push us extra few feet. Tango-195 is glad to be over week 05 and is ready to keep pushing so we can get out to our first duty stations and start the real fun!   Until next time, Tango-195, out.


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.