Tango 196 Recruit Journal Week 05

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Tango 196 Recruit Journal

Formed: Oct 16, 2018

Graduates: Dec 07, 2018





It was a roller coaster of emotions for Tango One Niner Six. It was such a blur for the recruits though. They had so much to do, and still little time to get it all done. Starting the week off rough with their failed uniform inspection with Master Chief Wadley, the recruits took what they did wrong and learned from it. Still it wasn’t enough since the recruits did poorly on their rack inspections with Chief Milligan as well. They were all still learning, but now that they were the second senior company at Cape May, the recruits had to be more flawless until graduation day.

The first major high point for the recruits in week 05 was finally receiving their bravo dress uniforms. All the recruits were looking sharp in their new dress uniforms. Especially compared to the sweaty operational dress uniforms they wore. Everything was officially fitted and ready for the recruits to wear.

Finally the recruits reached the point in the week they had been non-stop thinking about… Their Orders! The recruits were all lined up as their Company Commanders read where each recruit would be headed to after Cape May. Of course the Company Commanders poked fun or played the guessing game with where each recruit would be stationed. Still it did not put a damper on the mini parade each recruit was having in their head. Unfortunately, not every recruit was thrilled about their orders, but the majority were.

The recruits were able to get all of their questions answered by their Mentors today, they talked with the recruits for several hours about specific advice on “Cutter living” and overall encouragement on how they were each about to embark on an incredible adventure.

If not to add to the changing emotions of the recruits, they got to make a phone call home. For most it was the first time speaking to their loved ones in over 05 weeks. Watching each recruit hold back their emotions was difficult to watch. However, the recruits each knew that they had to keep their military bearing for not only themselves, but for their Company. The phone calls gave them all hope and motivation to push through the next 03 weeks, so that they could graduate, see their families, and finally start serving in the United States Coast Guard.

The recruits were looking forward to what week 06 had in store for them, especially being an official senior Company.

SR Gamble, S.J.


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.