Tango 198 Recruit Journal Week 01

International Maritime Signal Flag Tango

Formed: May 19, 2020
Graduates:  July 10, 2020

Sweat dripping down our backs. The overwhelming noise of “Little Things Matter”. The stench of fear in the room. This is only 10 minutes inside of the life of Tango-198…and this is all before 0900 hours.

No one in the company has ever regretted having arms so much. 05 minutes over your heads feels like hours. If you don’t believe us, try it. Forming in company has definitely been an adjustment for most, if not all of us. We still have a ways to go, but slowly we are starting to grasp the ideas that the little things really do matter. We need to get louder, and we need to work as a team. If we can’t grasp that we will pay for that and more with sweat.

Curious what we’ve sweat for so far? Shoelaces not tucked in: sweat. Knuckles not on trouser seams: seat. Moving to slow: sweat. The sad part is, we all know when sweat time is coming. Usually, our company would be a lot bigger than it is. However, being that it is corona season out here, more eyes are on us. There is absolutely no getting away with anything. Ever.

All you can hope for is that you are a short person behind someone tall. , but that is still not a guarantee you’ll get away with anything. I was going to tell you more, but my company commander advised that I should wrap this up. So I’ll leave you with this… oh never mind. Fire, Fire, Fire. We have to go.

Written by Seaman Recruit Squires & Seaman Recruit Self

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.


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