NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Lieutenant General Gustave F. Perna called on the Rutgers University ROTC Class of 2016 to live their oath of office by being highly trained, fit, and disciplined during his address at their commissioning ceremony on Tuesday.Perna, Deputy Chief of Staff, Army Logistics, spoke to the 18 Cadets at a historic moment for ROTC as it celebrates its 100th anniversary. Founded by President Woodrow Wilson, today ROTC provides approximately 60 percent of the Second Lieutenants who join the Active Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard.During his remarks, Perna mentored the graduates on the meaning of the 90- word oath before they raised their hands and said the words to become 2nd Lieutenants in the Army. Perna told the Cadets that when he took the oath for the first time at his own commissioning he did not fully understand the context. So he laid out for them what it will mean to them throughout their Army careers.He said, "You are not taking this oath to the President, or to a commander, or to the Army -- this oath is to the Constitution. What you are saying is that you are willing to leave your family, to deploy overseas, and to potentially make the ultimate sacrifice in answering our Nation's call."He added that when they "bear true faith and allegiance," they have to think bigger than themselves if they are going to develop the best solutions.Also when they "faithfully discharge the duties of the office" they need to lead Soldiers 24/7, and prepare them for any mission the country asks for. "Readiness will be your number one priority," he said.The oath for government officials was the first law that the first Congress passed in 1789. The wording has changed, but the meaning is the same today as it was for George Washington, he said.This year also marks the 250th anniversary of Rutgers. To commemorate the event, President Barack Obama delivered a commencement address there on Sunday, telling the graduates "There are times where we must take military action to protect ourselves and our allies, and we are in awe of and we are grateful for the men and women who make up the finest fighting force the world has ever known."