NASHVILLE, TN - On Aug. 22, 17 officer candidates graduated from the 117th Regiment's Officer Candidate School and were commissioned as second lieutenants in the Tennessee National Guard in front of family, friends, mentors, and fellow Soldiers.
Each Soldier was commissioned as a federally recognized officer in the Tennessee National Guard and advanced to the rank of Second Lieutenant during the ceremony. The event took place at Smyrna’s Volunteer Training Site.
Candidates went through an 18-month hybrid training program in Smyrna and Fort McClellan, Alabama, or an accelerated course at Fort McClellan to become an officer. The applicants were put to the test mentally, physically, and in high-stress circumstances throughout training to educate them on how to be leaders.
The OCS Commander, Maj. Michael Grant delivered the oath of office and conveyed his gratitude for being a part of the new officers' training. “It is a great honor to work with the most professional and competent officers and noncommissioned officers in the National Guard,” said Grant.
Jerimiah Borrajo, a Bethpage native, was named the Erikson Trophy recipient and Distinguished Honor Graduate of the class. For his leadership, academic, and physical achievements throughout the class, he also received an Army Commendation Medal.
Each candidate's family was given the privilege of pinning their graduate's rank, indicating their position as a second lieutenant. Following that, they performed the time-honored Silver Dollar Salute, in which the freshly commissioned second lieutenant delivers a silver dollar to the first enlisted soldier who salutes them.
The new 17 commissioned officers will now command Soldiers in the Tennessee Army National Guard, following in the footsteps of more than 2,000 previous Tennessee Officer Candidate Graduates.
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