In the historic setting of the Cortile d'Onore of the Ducal Palace of Modena, headquarters of the Military Academy, this morning the official students of the 203rd "Loyalty" course took a solemn oath of loyalty to the Italian Republic, in the presence of the Chief of Staff of the Defense, admiral Giuseppe Cavo Dragone, of the army chief of staff, general of the army corps Pietro Serino and of the godfather of the course, general of the army corps cc Rosario Aiosa, Gold Medal for Military Valor.
The ceremony was also attended by other civil and religious authorities from Modena, including the mayor, Gian Carlo Muzzarelli, the vicar of the prefect, Pinuccia Niglio, and the president of the Province, Gian Domenico Tomei. The solemn act, which took place before the flag of the Institute and sealed with the reading of the traditional formula of the oath, pronounced by the commander of the Military Academy, Major General Davide Scalabrin, sanctions the full entry of the cadets officers into the ranks of the 'Italian Army and the Carabinieri, to serve Italy and its institutions.
The Chief of Defense Staff addressed the junior officer cadets saying: “From here, as with all academies, military leaders are expected to be able to face the challenges that will arise on your path. Everything is changing very quickly and I expect that you too will know how to be ready and capable of making suitable changes that are now unavoidable in a timely and effective manner for our Defense and for our country ".
The Army Chief of Staff, in thanking the parents for their presence and proximity - returned to the Military Academy after the period of restrictions due to the pandemic - addressing the junior officers, underlined: "The commitment that you made today with the Oath has its roots in the democratic order of which you have assumed the responsibility of becoming custodians ... From today, always be proud of the choice you have made, a choice that makes you Citizens in the full right of this our Republic ".
The 203rd “Loyalty” course is attended by 230 officer cadets, of which 35 are women and 195 are men.
The Military Academy of Modena, established on 1 January 1678 with the name of the Royal Academy, is today the university-based military training institute responsible for the initial training of future officers in the normal role of the Italian Army and of the Arma dei Carabinieri, in a course of study that will lead to the achievement of a degree in Strategic Sciences, Engineering, Medicine and Surgery, Veterinary, Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technologies and Law.