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Release No: 076-03
June 30, 2003

All-Volunteer Force Turns 30

The Department of Defense will mark the 30th anniversary of the All-Volunteer Force on July 1 with a reenlistment ceremony at the White House at 2 p.m. EDT. This event will feature 30 service members from active duty, Reserve, National Guard and Coast Guard taking the reenlistment oath to continue their service in the armed forces.

At the same time, to demonstrate how the All-Volunteer Force represents the society it protects, 650 volunteers from across the country will become the military's newest recruits at 65 special enlistment ceremonies. Local government and military officials will take part in these ceremonies. A special All-Volunteer March, composed by the U.S. Army Band, will be debuted at these ceremonies.

The ceremonies are open for media coverage. For information on the enlistment ceremonies, please contact USMEPCOM Public Affairs points of contact Mr. Gaylan Johnson at (847) 688-3680, ext. 7224/gjohnso@mepcom.army.mil or Petty Officer 1st Class Todd Hansen at (847) 688-3680, ext. 7225/thansen@mepcom.army.mil. To attend the White House ceremony, contact Allen Abney at (202) 456-6238. Any other media questions are to be directed to Maj. Sandra Burr at (703) 697-6727/sandra.burr@osd.mil.

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