Astronaut leads oath of enlistment for hundreds of students

MACHESNEY PARK, Ill. (WIFR) - A few Harlem High School seniors take the oath of enlistment in the U.S. Army. They tell 23 News it was an out of the world experience that they will not soon forget.

"It's really a great honor for me to administer the oath of enlistment today from this magnificent s spaceship," said U.S. Army Colonel and Astronaut Andrew Morgan.

Morgan administers the oath for more than 900 future soldiers nationwide.

"I'm here as a direct result of the incredible opportunities I had in the Army," Morgan said.

"Definitely an experience of a lifetime because I know a lot of people don't get to join in on that," said Harlem Senior Juliana Rostamo.

Rostamo will head to basic training one month after graduation.

"With the career, I want to go down, I want to be a police officer and a special detective and I just think the Army is the best way to do it," Rostamo said.

During the ceremony, Morgan provided some advice to the new enlistees without sugarcoating the road ahead.

"Things worth doing are difficult," Morgan said.

"I'm definitely going to take some of the things he said into consideration when I go into basic myself to try and keep my head up and fight through it. Everyone will fail at some point but we are all going to make it through at some point as well," Rostamo said.

Rostamo hopes to use her experience to encourage other people to give the military a chance.

" I want to show those people you can do it if you want to. Don't be too scared to do it," Rostamo said.

"Congratulations to our future soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines let's give an enormous round of applause for these great Americans," Morgan said.

This was the first nationwide live oath of enlistment ceremony to take place from space.