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MAJURO, Marshall Islands (Yokwe Online, July 30) – Nine Marshall Islands citizens were inducted into the US Armed Forces last week. Under the Compact of Free Association agreement between the US and the RMI, young men and women from the Marshall Islands can serve in all four branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. The ceremony was held in the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Nitijela parliament chambers, on July 22. All nine were inducted into the US Army.

"Things that happen in other parts of the world do have an impact on the Marshall Islands, the US and every other country," US Ambassador Greta Morris told the recruits. "By joining the U.S. Armed Forces, you are showing you understand the need to work together to protect the peace, freedom and security of all of us," she said. The US Ambassador thanked the RMI government for allowing its sons and daughters to join the U.S. military, and for the RMI's strong and unwavering support for joint objectives, from the Cold War to the war on terror, for the close relationship through the Compact of Free Association and the Military Use and Operating Rights Agreement, including support of the U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll.

Colonel Beverly Stipe, Commander of the United States Army Kwajalein Atoll (USAKA), administered the oath of induction.

Representing the Marshall Islands legislature, traditional leader Iroij Senator Jurelang Zedkaia welcomed the inductees, their families and guests. RMI Minister of Public Works Mattlan Zackhras addressed the gathering on behalf of the President and the government.


Monday, August 1, 2005

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