Kilo 195 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Kilo 195 Recruit Journal

Formed: Nov 14, 2017

Graduates: January 05, 2018


Weekly Report 04


Greetings from the other side. For the still standing KILO Company, the week has been a roller coaster. With new loops, turns and bends the company has managed to stay on its feet, either with new members from other companies or by having to revert some other shipmates that may have been weighing the company down. No matter what angle you square it from; KILO-195 is setting its course to week 05. This past week, our fearless leader Chief Orlowicz gave us a taste of what it feels like to be a company that has earned nightly routine. It means that we do not have to hold things over our heads and yell our faces off for a full 02 hours. We got extra time to clean our squad bays, organize personnel racks, and a little longer time for mail and showers. It lasted only a night but because we met the time objectives, we followed the entire schedule. Week 04 had a lot to offer, in the coast guard or in any branch, filling out a dream sheet is a dream in itself. When we were not getting our ears rung and our heads were clear, we sat in a room and filled out sheet that “picked” where we wanted to travel and work at after boot camp. After submitting them, they informed us we would here back in week 05. So the wait is on…..

KILO-195 had a mission to do in Healy Hall that required the entire company to help with. The feeling when lay out on your living room couch and get comfortable and then have to move because your brother or sister wants to sit there is the same feeling KILO-195 had when the junior company moved in to the second deck as well. Causing KILO-195 to move half the company into other squad bays. The move lasted the entire night but it was completed. When the company commanders loosened the leashes, KILO-195 was able to split the company in half; we became port and starboard sides. Instead of marching 110 recruits, we averaged two different formations. In these groups we marched ourselves to Goff hall learning about basic firefighting. How to put on turn out gear and go air on, and we learned about nozzles, hoses, and how to properly extinguish a fire. Not to mention the fact that we were put through a simulated fire with smoke and loud noises in the dark and to put a cherry on top, an instructor over seeing us work the hose. While doing this the other group was taking a course on cyber security, getting their personnel military identification cards. In between this madness, classes were still being taught up until Friday, which was the big midterm day. Both Petty Officer Sanchez “The Predator” and Petty Officer Wilderman “The Grim Reaper” gave us time to study leading up to the test that determines if we could move further in training. The Physical fitness test was also given this week. We averaged a 90% on the midterm as a company. Not sure if we earned a pennant for our company colors yet, but we did earn a ticket into week 05. Following the Test we sat in barber chairs for haircuts, looking like we just got off the bus yesterday you could not recognize any of our shipmates. After all the transitions and shifting, KILO company has managed to move forward. We thank you for all the letters, prayers, and support.



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.