Tango 198 Recruit Journal Week 02

International Maritime Signal Flag Tango

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

As week 02 of boot camp wraps up, Tango-198 has a lot to think about. Mostly, how the heck we are going to survive the next 04 weeks of this. We are shot from this week. The amount of times we got smoked for silly little things is ridiculous. But, it is the little things that matter after all. For starters we are awful at making time objectives. I mean most of our bodies are hurting bad. I for one feel like I got hit by a bus. Probably from waking up to “fire, fire, fire” every morning. If you were wondering, it’s not a pleasant way to wake up. The other thing we can’t seem to grasp is maintain military bearing. We are always looking around, touching our faces, adjusting our uniforms, and it always happens to be as soon as we call “mission complete” or right when our Company Commanders walk in. Funny how that works every time.

From personal experience, it is very hard to always maintain military bearing. Not only because of us being terrified of a Company Commander yelling in our faces (luckily because of the corona virus they can’t get to close). It is also hard because of the funny, quirky, little things that happen during training. Like someone walking straight into a pole while we are marching, or our Company Commanders teaching a class with a mannequin arm in his hand. Then throwing it down after, and then yelling “someone better freaking go pick that up. Company Commanders are definitely very creative with their insults. It’s definitely something you can think about a few hours later and chuckle. When you are alone in a bathroom stall covering your mouth with you hand that is. If not, it is just another reason to get smoked.

So, stepping into week 03, Tango-198 needs to show up. If we get smoked (which we will) it better be for something other than looking around, being late, or not sounding off. For the most part though, I think we are excited for what this week holds, and also to get some real training done if we can get our act together. Mostly because this week gets real. Week 03 brings on more tasks and classes to grow our knowledge as recruits, and future Coast Guardsman.

After a tough week, we are excited to learn and come together as a team. Whatever happens this week, we are going to need the rest and divine hours to breathe tomorrow. So on that note, Goodnight Tango-198.

Written by: SR Squires, Tango-198

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.