Congratulations to the four newest Second Lieutenants (2LT) who have recently commissioned into the United States Army from the James Madison University Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program.   ROTC is a college-based program dedicated to training young males and females who have dedicated themselves to service in United States Army.   Army ROTC officers serve in all branches of the U.S. Army to include the Nurse Corps, Engineer Corps and Infantry, along with 14 other basic branches.   ROTC Cadets take an obligation of active or reserve military service upon graduation from college.   ROTC students attend college like any other student, but unlike their peers, they receive basic military and officer training in order to provide leadership to our troops.  Commissioning into the United States Army marks the end of the journey as an ROTC cadet, but starts the path as a U.S. Army Officer.  The following individuals have spent their college careers training to become officers and have taken the oath to lead the future of our Army.  The oath of commissioning is as follows:

I, (state your name),

Having been appointed an officer

In the Army of the United States

In the grade of Second Lieutenant

Do solemnly swear (or affirm)

That I will support and defend

The Constitution of the United States

Against all enemies, foreign and domestic

That I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same

That I take this obligation freely

Without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion

And that I will well and faithfully discharge

The duties of the office upon which I am about to enter

So help me God.

Rankin, Alex

Commission Date: 14 DEC 2013

Hometown: Spring Hill, VA

Degree at JMU: Justice Studies

Branch: Military Intelligence

Next assignment after BOLC: 1st Information Operations, Ft. Belvoir VA.


2LT Rankin stands on stage with his family, 14 DEC 2013. 

Pickett, Alyssa

Commission Date:  17 January 2014

Hometown: Warrenton, VA

Degree at JMU: Geographic Science

Branch: Signal Corp

Next assignment after BOLC: C. Co 116th BSTB.x


2LT Pickett stands with Army (Ret.) Colonel Bob Hess

Engle, Calvin

Commission Date: 14 Dec 2013

Hometown: Stratham, New Hampshire

Degree at JMU: Health Sciences

Branch: Infantry

Next assignment after BOLC: Bravo 1-114 New Jersey National Guard


2LT Engle Stands with family 14 Dec 2013 

Maisel, Mercedes

Commission Date: 14 Dec 2013

Hometown: Burke, VA

Degree at JMU: Nursing

Branch: Nursing Corps

Next assignment after BOLC: Top three choices comprised of Hawaii (Tripler), San Antonio, and Walter Reed.


2LT Maisel holds her Nursing undergraduate diploma upon graduation from

James Madison University

Published: Sunday, February 9, 2014

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 7, 2017

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