Surrounded by an audience of more than 900 students, eight future Soldiers took their oath of enlistment, Oct. 20 in the Paul G. Blazer High School gym.
The eight raised their right hands and restated the oath, administered by Lt. Gen. Daniel Karbler ’87, commanding general of U.S Army Space and Missile Defense Command.
“This is one of the most solemn responsibilities and privileges I get – to bring people into the Army,” Karbler said.
Today’s Army has more than 200 ways to serve as a Soldier including careers in engineering, medical, space, cybersecurity, combat forces, and even as an astronaut, Karbler said.
“Do you want to be a linguist, an infantryman, to jump out of airplanes, to build stuff, to be a nuclear engineer, to shoot artillery rounds, be a doctor, work on computers – we have every job that you might want to do,” he said.
Karbler, a graduate of the U.S. Army Military Academy West Point, was in town to participate as a keynote speaker at the Cosmic Holler Film Festival. He talked to the students and future Soldiers about the Army’s slogan, “Be All You Can Be,” and explained how that slogan represents the possibilities that await new recruits.