Kilo 195 Recruit Journal Weeks 01-02

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Kilo 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Nov 14, 2017

Graduates: January 05, 2018



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Week 01-02 SUMMARY


Greetings from the other side….either by train, plane, or even a boat. All the recruits got off one of the three buses that arrived for Coast Guard boot camp in Cape May NJ. The moment KILO-195 got off the buses was a small step to a big stage in life. Some recruits were thinking “Why did I do this?” While others were waiting for this moment their entire lives, it’s not every day someone gets so stressed out about following simple instructions. Over the past two weeks, high stress situations are daily encounters. These past two weeks for KILO-195 have made huge impacts on recruits as you could literally see the civilian fall out of them, especially when they got haircuts. The Company Commanders and petty officers have “helped” and “assisted” recruits when they make mistakes or decide to move slow or not get loud. KILO-195 has been blessed to have Chief Orlowicz assigned as their Lead Company Commander as well as petty officer Sanchez and petty officer Wilderman, as our assistant company commanders. Either by force or by using examples they find a way to get things done. Over the course of these past two weeks, KILO-195 has done their physical fitness test, swim test, learned some basic to moderate marching and has learned to eat food and shower in under “Five Minutes”. When we are not eye-balling our Company Commanders we are doing something that makes us sweat heavily, or something that causes smoke to come out of our ears (sometimes both). The rookies in the field or small fish in a huge pond have received “pieces” a plastic mock M-16’s. (Not to mention the operational dress uniforms, or soap… the end of the day, shower soap makes the biggest impact and/or is the best thing to have.) With pieces the company practices manual of arms, and other times we hold them or use them to improve our discipline. KILO-195 has divided job titles and responsibilities to recruits who are seeking more than someone screaming in their face. The jobs help recruits understand how a company can operate from the inside and teaches us leadership skills. Jobs also give recruits a small sense of pride or respect, like the mail orderly. Make him mad and your mail “might have got lost in transit”. Also everyone likes to see him because when he shows up, everyone is happy. While week 02 is quickly fading, my shipmates and I still have more to learn, more classes, and of course discipline is always in the forecast. KILO-195 continues to make progress each and every day, and we thank you for your thoughts, prayers, and letters.

Company Historian


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.