Tango 196 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Tango 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Oct 16, 2018

Graduates: Dec 07, 2018


Week Ø4

A week! Reversions and repahsals left and right, recruits coming and going, in and out of Tango-196 like a Walmart on black Friday. As the recruits ease into the upcoming week Ø5, they are looking back on how fast week Ø4 passed by and all that happened. Mid-terms, Chief Milligan, and a small glimpse at the upcoming Close Order Drill.

Thankfully, the majority of the recruits of Tango Company had no problems passing the mid-term portion of the week. As the recruits walked in, they reeked a foul odor of fear, but walking out they had a sweet scent of week Ø4 recruit. Chest poked out, heads held high, and marching strong, Tango did what was needed to be done to advance to the next week.

Chief Milligan started walking around squad bays this week to see if Tango is living up to week Ø4 standards. Unfortunately, not quite, racks were in need of some help, mirrors were not clean from our company commanders writing all over them, and the deck was not properly swabbed. Chief Milligan does not mess around when it comes to squad bays. He chewed Tango out, and compared them to week Ø2 recruits!!!! The ultimate insult!! Tango quickly turned the dial up about 1Ø notches for their volume, speed and tidiness. Ever since that was said, Tango has been remarkable when it comes to making time objectives, and sounding off. The section commander of Tango really knows how to put it in perspective.

Today the company reviewed close order drill again. “Squad Ø1, you will walk up these bleachers and watch your shipmates march so you all can correct mistakes,” Yells Chief Rowton. As squad one watches the other Ø4 squads march, there are plenty of mistakes seen, but these can be fixed. The company does not look as crisp, and prestigious as they need to just yet, but they are really close. So much team work, so much arguing, so many leaders, but still not enough followers. Each and every day Tango improves in some form or fashion, even if it is only a little with week Ø4 coming to a close, well, all that needs to be said is Tango is definitely no longer looking like week Ø2 recruits.

Week Ø5 is a big week. An abundance of new material to learn, and inspections start with Master Chief Wadley. Let’s just say, smelling fear and nervousness on Tango is an understatement.

Tango needs to be on top of their game this week. With all these inspections going around. Everything they get is not just given to them, it is rewarded, that means they earned it. So many things at stake. Things that can be stripped and taken at the blink of an eye. Only Ø4 weeks left, Tango must power through. They got this.



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.