SKWIERZYNA, Poland -- A platoon of Soldiers from 101st Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, attended a ceremony in support of 61 Polish cadets taking an oath to defend and serve their country, in the town center, Feb. 23.
"The 101st BSB was able to come out and witness the oath ceremony for their [Polish] recruits," said Command Sgt. Maj. Tisa W. Scott of the 101st BSB, 1st ABCT, 1st ID. "Today 61 [Polish] soldiers took the oath and we were able to put a platoon of troops in the formation with them."
The 101st BSB, 1st ABCT Soldiers arrived approximately one month ago in support of Atlantic Resolve. They are part of an armored brigade combat team consisting of approximately 3,500 Soldiers. Events like these improve interoperability and strengthen relationships and trust among allied armies.
Toward the end of the ceremony, the top four recruits out of the class of 61, received a coin from Lt. Col David G. Guida, and Command Sgt. Maj. Tisa W. Scott, Commander and Command Sgt. Maj. of the 101st BSB.
"The significance of the coins is just to show our appreciation and congratulations that the four recruits that came forward, they were the top four students of their class," added Scott.
In order to be selected for the Polish army candidates must be a Polish citizen and at least 18 years of age. Applicants must pass a background check and physical and psychological exam, to ensure they meet the standards for military service. Prior to 2009, military service was required by law for Polish citizens.
"We appreciate what they do and we understand their purpose and their hard work and achievements throughout their course," concluded Scott.