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News | March 22, 2022

Future Soldier’s uncle administers oath of enlistment, upholds family tradition

Army Recruiting Battalion Tampa Public Affairs

A Future Soldier continued his family’s tradition of taking the oath of enlistment, administered by a family member.

Colby Slovensky, a Future Soldier from of La Vernia, Texas, raised his right hand and was sworn in by his uncle, Lt. Col. Michael D. Norton, commander of the United States Army Recruiting Battalion- Tampa.

In 2002, Norton was commissioned into the Army by his father, then Norton commissioned his younger brother in 2006. Now, Slovensky has joined the family’s legacy of military service.

Slovensky enlisted as a petroleum supply specialist, or 92F, in the United States Army Reserve. He will receive a $20,000 bonus as well as $50,000 in student loan repayment.

“This is just the beginning of his service, as he plans to attend Tarleton State University in Stephensville, Texas, where he will pursue a commission as an active-duty Army officer,” Norton said. “I plan to commission him upon his graduation.” 



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