• Under Secretary of the Army Brad R. Carson shakes hands with a new Soldier after an enlistment ceremony held at Phillies Citizens Bank Park Stadium in Philadelphia, June 14, 2014.

    New Army careers begin on Army's 239th Birthday

    Under Secretary of the Army Brad R. Carson shakes hands with a new Soldier after an enlistment ceremony held at Phillies Citizens Bank Park Stadium in Philadelphia, June 14, 2014.

  • Future Soldiers raise their hands during an enlistment ceremony hosted by Under Secretary of the Army Brad R. Carson, at Phillies Citizens Bank Park Stadium in Philadelphia, June 14, 2014.

    New Army careers begin on Army's 239th Birthday

    Future Soldiers raise their hands during an enlistment ceremony hosted by Under Secretary of the Army Brad R. Carson, at Phillies Citizens Bank Park Stadium in Philadelphia, June 14, 2014.

  • Soldiers of the Continental Color Guard, the 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), present the colors prior to the start of the Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park Stadium in Philadelphia, June 14, 2014.  U.S. Army Drill Team Soloists, 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), stand at attention on the jumbotron.

    New Army careers begin on Army's 239th Birthday

    Soldiers of the Continental Color Guard, the 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), present the colors prior to the start of the Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park Stadium in Philadelphia, June 14, 2014. U.S. Army Drill Team Soloists, 3rd Infantry...

  • U.S. Army Drill Team Soloists with the 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), perform in front of thousands of fans at Phillies Citizens Bank Park Stadium in Philadelphia, June 14, 2014.

    New Army careers begin on Army's 239th Birthday

    U.S. Army Drill Team Soloists with the 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), perform in front of thousands of fans at Phillies Citizens Bank Park Stadium in Philadelphia, June 14, 2014.

PHILADELPHIA (June 18, 2014) -- Twenty young American's raised their hands and became Soldiers during a ceremony held Saturday, at Phillies Citizens Bank Park Stadium here, shortly before the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Chicago Cubs, 7 to 4.

Under Secretary of the Army Brad Carson adminstered the oath of enlistment to the new Soldiers as part of the many celebrations held around the globe celebrating the 239th birthday of the U.S. Army. Following the enlistment ceremony, members from the U.S. Army Drill Team Soloists and the Continental Color Guard, both from the 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), performed in front of thousands of fans.

Carson also participated in a cake cutting ceremony at Independence Hall in the historic district of Philadelphia earlier that day. Elements of the 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and the U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" also performed during the ceremony.

Saturday, June 14, officially marked the day 239 years ago that the Continental Congress passed a resolution to establish the American Continental Army.

For more information about the Army's 239th birthday go to www.army.mil/birthday/239

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