Army colonel administers oath of enlistment from International Space Station


From inside the International Space Station, 250 miles above the Earth, Army Colonel Andrew Morgan administered the oath of enlistment to 40 central Ohio soldiers in the Newark High School auditorium.

Among those raising their right hand was Tristen Neiswonger, 17, of Cambridge.

"I never expected this, especially from an astronaut ... I've never been in front of an astronaut. That's why I joined the Army: to get lots of new opportunities," he said.

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NASA arranged for this unusual ceremony, and thousands from across the country got to take part.

If you want the ceremony to be memorable, find an astronaut traveling around the earth every 90 minutes at a speed of 17,000 miles per hour.

Kaitlen McMullens, 17, of Newark was among those who took the oath, while her father beamed with pride at the person she's become.

"I was extremely proud of her ... to serve such a great country as the United States of America and see my daughter do it ... I don't think I could have a greater thrill," said Joshua McMullens.

The Army says those who raised their right hand make up just 29% of those who meet the minimum standards to be a solider.

For them, this swearing in was out of this world.

The Army currently has three active duty astronauts and almost one third of all jobs available in the Army are in STEM fields.

The Army is encouraging more young people to get involved in STEM education to help them secure future employment, not only in the military, but in other career fields.