CALUMET, Mich. (WLUC) - Across the country Wednesday at 150 different locations young men and women enlisting in the Army took their oath of enlistment simultaneously for the first time in history. The oath was led by an American Astronaut from the International Space Station.
"The reason that this is so big and important for us is that it's never been done. This is a unique time for new kids that are coming in to get the oath from someone who is up in space. Technology has come a long way for us to be able to do something like that," said Sgt. Ryan Ensman, an Army Recruiter.
The future soldiers going through the ceremony were excited to be part of such an historic moment.
"It's just a very unique experience. When I found out I would get the opportunity to be a part of something like this, the first time it's ever happened, it was very exciting and I'm just really happy to be here," said Keegan Ford, an Army Enlistee.
"It's a big experience for the Army. It's the first time that anyone has ever been given the oath from space, and like my recruiter was telling me the Colonel wanted to do something significant with it this year, and it's pretty unique," said Shaun Huggins, an Army Enlistee.
The astronaut, Andrew Morgan, was a former member of the Army himself, which the Army hopes will show the new recruits what can be done after their time in the service.
"It shows them that there are other opportunities. You can serve your country and then it leads you somewhere. Like for him he went to NASA, I'm not exactly sure what he did for the United States Army, but whatever it is he did it helped open up doors for him to be able to get there," said Ensman.