The US Army Cadet Command has hosted the first virtual annual National Commissioning Ceremony from Pentagon, reported Joseph Lacdan.
The virtual broadcasting of the ceremony was held in accordance with safety guidelines in place due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
Six cadets attended the ceremony and maintained 6ft distance between each other before a mostly empty Pentagon auditorium.
These new second lieutenants represented over 1,100 cadets in the first graduating Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) class.
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The graduation ceremony is taking place at a time when National Guard troops and reservists have been deployed to front lines in the battle against Covid-19.
Army vice chief staff general Joseph Martin said: “To build this unwavering resiliency, the key is to train, train hard and train often. Train your heart to endure hardship and increase empathy because the army is a reflection of society, the same issues that plague the nation, plague our ranks. We are representative of this country.
“In times of crisis, the greatest opportunity for change exists. Those of you who commission today will be a part of that change and the army will be better because of it.
“I’m looking at a Pentagon auditorium that is typically full of people. That does not take away from the importance of this day or the tradition in which we are celebrating a very important part of starting out a career of an officer.”