It was astonishing to see the progress made by our platoons from the start of the semester up until the battalion drill competition on Thursday, 19 April. MIT first platoon kicked it off with a strong performance. I had continuously watched them during drill practice and placed them in the top two spots of the Battalion watch list to who would be taking home the drill competition victory. MIT second platoon, my platoon, was up next. I’m going to be honest I have seen us kick drill a little bit better during practice, but no senior on the bench was going to count practice points that morning. Our fearless leader, MIDN Luerman, called an impeccable drill card, but I felt as though we were off step when passing the CO and the rest of the first class, when perfection mattered . There were two more performances that drew loud applause from the scoring panel, BU second platoon rose the shadows, not even ranked, to what I felt was one of the best performances of the day. Their right oblique was something to marvel at, and their squad leaders were almost robotic in their technique. Bravo, BU, bravo. Then came Marine platoon, the first overall seed, and the fan favorite. MIDN Carroll and I were placing our bets early. I wish I could say I was surprised with the result from the Marine platoon, but I won’t even go into details. They deserved to win through and through, and I was glad to see my fellow 4/C shipmates, MIDN Braunegg and MIDN Craig, take home gold on this one. Overall it was a day of pleasurable surprises, but not one of heartbreak. I would not count any platoon out of the running for honor platoon. Everyone showed fantastic improvement and arrived fearless and prepared. Sometimes though, you just can’t beat the best. Congratulations, Marines.
Written by MIDN 4/C Singley, photos by MIDN 4/C Hubbard