Military Signing Day

Military Signing Day

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2024 Ohio Military Signing Day

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The Ohio Department of Education and Workforce, in partnership with schools and communities, will host Military Signing Day for Ohio's students committed to military service. Students in grades 11 and 12 who have committed to military service are invited to attend. This includes Ohio students who: 
  • Will attend a service academy in the fall; 
  • Accepted a Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) scholarship; or
  • Enlisted for service as active duty, Reserve, or National Guard. 

This year’s celebration will take place at the National Veterans Memorial and Museum, 300 W. Broad Street, Columbus, on Tuesday, March 12. Doors open at 10 a.m. for check-in and museum access, and the program will begin promptly at 11:00 a.m.

Registration is required and, due to limited seating, each student may bring only one guest. Students will include their guest’s information as part of their registration. Attendees can view the museum’s exhibits prior to and at the conclusion of the ceremony. Registration will close on Friday, March 1, or earlier if seating is full. The event will be livestreamed for those not able to attend the event on this webpage.   

Register here to attend Military Signing Day

This year’s event will highlight a trio of speakers sharing their reasons for serving from the past, present, and future service members’ point of view. A Veteran, a current service member, and a student speaker will be chosen to speak at the event. Those interested in speaking should submit a copy of their brief remarks with a short biography to PurpleStar@education.ohio.gov by February 26. Remarks should be no more than 5 minutes in length. The speakers will be notified of their selection via email on March 1. 

Contact Jason Scragg at jason.scragg@education.ohio.gov or 614-466-4109 with questions about this event.


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2023 All-Ohio U.S. Armed Forces Career Commitment Celebration

The Department hosted an in-person All-Ohio United States Armed Forces Career Commitment Celebration for Ohio's students committed to military service on March 7, 2023. The 2023 celebration took place at the National Veterans Memorial and Museum, 300 W. Broad Street, Columbus.


2022 All-Ohio U.S. Armed Forces Career Commitment Celebration


Honor, tradition, and service are hallmarks of the United States military, and Ohioans have made countless storied contributions to our nation's armed forces. Ohio's students are continuing this legacy, and the Department is recognizing their commitment to military service with the Annual All-Ohio United States Armed Forces Career Commitment Celebration. The Department is proud of students entering military service and their commitment to our nation.

Individuals who want to draw attention to the event on social media can help by using #OhioMilitarySigningDay.


2021 All-Ohio U.S. Armed Forces Career Commitment Celebration

In the video below, former State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria and Maj. Gen. Deborah Ashenhurst, director of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services, join Ohio Governor Mike DeWine to recognize and congratulate students who have committed to military service, including active duty, Reserve, and National Guard.

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Ohio recognizes military service as a meaningful post-high school pathway for students who wish to enlist, and proudly celebrates students who commit to serve each year. Ohio's graduates have the option of earning seals on their diplomas for meeting special requirements in specific areas. Military enlistment is among these twelve graduation seals. Future Forward Ohio is the state's strategic priorities for education. Serving in the military meets one of the strategies by preparing students for future success. The All-Ohio United States Armed Forces Career Commitment Celebration is an opportunity to celebrate students each year who dedicate themselves to military service.
 

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