Tango 196 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Tango 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Oct 16, 2018

Graduates: Dec 07, 2018


Rushed into the small building with their boondockers, stepping to a cadence, creating a rhythm with their movements. They were small figurines encased in glass. Movie posters of ships sailing and some shelves with tiny Metals. What seem to stand out to Tango the most however were the black and white pictures of past faces unknown to them. These were the same people who went through what Tango was going through, but seem to have great significance. Tango perhaps wondered what their significance of would be.

This week was the most difficult week for Tango thus far, but much was learned in the process. The company received ID cards. It’s not as glamorous as one would think, but what was there to expect in boot camp?, a photoshoot?, far from it. Yet not too distant considering the feeling Tango got after receiving them. The company felt validation from this, but only a little because graduation date would surely take the cake. We learned information on these cards, however more will surely come.

Another aspect we learned was responsibility. One should infer more accurately that we are learning this. Chief Rowton allowed a few people in the company to lead in marching, and like driving a car, it takes time to learn the tools, how the road Works, when to stop and when to go. It was a process, many mistakes made. The company ended up in the grass, they were called on the wrong foot, and one recruits vocal range made it difficult to march in step. But then again everything is a process, even the downsides.

Squad Bays have become more silent now. Right as bonds were beginning to form (a breakthrough for the teamwork in Tango Company) Tango broke. We lost a few people this week, but it felt like the weight of Healy Hall, our current home, crashed on our chest and crushed our hearts. There were also more probation candidates selected this week. These “lucky” few have the opportunity to don a small neon red belt and draw the attention of their company Commanders. They must have inspection ready materials and be prepared to sling random general required knowledge. They also get the pleasure of being isolated from the rest of the company. These are individuals who must, can, and will be pushed to go further than one imagined. There is also a loneliness that is present, as a company seems to distance themselves from red belts. They view them as failures and not investments. This speaks volumes about company’s teamwork mindset.

Tango entered into a massive classroom with even more memorabilia, similar to what was seen seconds ago. The company took their seats and as the instructor walked in, quickly raised to attention. Eyes glaring straight Ahead, most of our faces were focused in anticipation of the lesson. Although everyone looked to be in uniform, there was still a feeling of un-alignment, a feeling of individuality. Although this is part of boot camp, this is what Tango is. A group of individuals where everyone is for themselves? If so, we have a long way to go. What will OUR significance be? Or this company even? This is an answer that only Tango can give. Where was the Cadence from when we entered the class? Will we ever be in that synchronized rhythm of teamwork again? As weak 04 approaches one can only hope we do. And one can only hope it stays.


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.