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New U.S. Army recruits sworn in at Colonial Cup

Posted: November 17, 2014 7:24 a.m.
Updated: November 17, 2014 7:17 a.m.
Simone T. Owens/C-I

For his first time at the Colonial Cup, Maj. Gen. Bradley Becker, Commanding General of Ft. Jackson’s Army Training
Center, swore in U.S. Army recruits. Army recruits have been sworn-in at previous Colonial Cups but this year’s ceremony
was the first in which Maj. Gen. Becker performed the deed.

The initial swearing-in took place in front of the grand stand where recruits took an oath then marched off the field.

Prior to the ceremony, recruits stood in formation on one side of the field and practiced drills for the event to come. Afterwards, recruits were marched to the center of the field where they paused for the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

“It was wonderful to swear recruits in here,” Becker said. “I was impressed with the young people interested in being a part of the Army.”

According to Becker, a majority of Americans are not eligible to join the military, so to him swearing in groups is always rewarding.

The initial swearing-in does not officially bind recruits to the service. Instead, it serves more as a starting point for them to go through the process to be a part of the Army, Becker said. Official swearing-in is performed the day recruits leave for basic training.


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