More than 500 officer candidates were sworn in on thursday evening in the bad bockleter spa garden in the presence of bavaria's state minister of the interior and for integration, joachim herrmann. For ten years now, a formal sponsorship has existed between the officers' warrant battalion 2 and the market town of bad bocklet. Lieutenant colonel simon leidner, who has led OA battalion 2 since april 2016, also recalled in this context the former burgermeister wolfgang back, who died at the end of april this year. He was one of the initiators and driving forces behind this sponsorship.
The 88. Officer trainee course includes not only over 80 officer trainees, but also 48 foreign cadets from 17 different nations, including burkina faso, iraq, mali and mongolia. As the commander continued, the new recruits have chosen a profession that is very different in terms of the scope of special responsibility for the lives and health of the men and women entrusted to us, but this profession will give pleasure and variety, fully challenge them every day and present them with new challenges and tasks.
Getting to know countries
"As an officer, you will go through a variety of functions and assignments and get to know many different locations and countries", said the lieutenant colonel, who also pointed out that "the officer is entrusted with the highest good of a free society: the lives of people".
Mayor andreas sandwall also referred to the successful sponsorship between bad bocklet and hammelburg's OA battalion 2. Addressing the prospective officers, he stated that today's federal armed forces are a parliamentary army with the exclusive mission of defending our values. It is subject to the operational authority of the german parliament and thus to the people and not to a person.