James Mattis oath
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brigitte N. Brantley/Flickr

When military members decide to reenlist in order to continue to serve the nation, there is usually a ceremony where they re-state their Oath of Enlistment.

While there are many ways to conduct the ceremony, soldiers attached to the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (Old Guard) who were reenlisting has someone high up the chain of command to administer their oaths: Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brigitte N. Brantley/Flickr

DoD Live reports 30 soldiers took part in the ceremony when Mattis visited Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia, on September 20.

After the ceremony, Mattis took some time to mingle with the soldiers and their family members.

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brigitte N. Brantley/Flickr
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brigitte N. Brantley/Flickr
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brigitte N. Brantley/Flickr
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brigitte N. Brantley/Flickr

Across the different service branches, service members come up with creative — and in some cases crazy — ideas for their reenlistment ceremony. Everything from conducting the ceremony underwater to doing it in the South Pole has been done.

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