The Coast Guard recently recognized the very first meritorious advancement as part of the Meritorious Advancement Program at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May. Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle Botts, a company commander and storekeeper, advanced to petty officer 1st class through his leadership, hard work and exceptional adherence to the core values of “Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty.”
Our core values of honor, respect and devotion to duty define who we are as the United States Coast Guard. A company commander’s primary mission in recruit training is to instill these values in the hearts and minds of every recruit along their journey to becoming a Coast Guardsman. Sexual assault is incompatible with our core values and, therefore, who we are as Coast Guardsmen. It is my goal to foster a culture of prevention, awareness and accountability in every recruit entrusted to my care. At the very root of this goal are our core values. Here’s my definition of how each one applies to sexual assault prevention.