Mrs. Obama also said the new soldiers learned a lot during boot camp that will help them later in life, even outside the Army.
She was at Fort Jackson to participate in a meeting about how to address the fitness problems among military recruits. Army officials say only a quarter of Americans between ages 18-24 are healthy enough to qualify for the military.
Mrs. Obama, who has made fighting childhood obesity her top priority, spoke about the programs during her speech.
Military leaders across the country have been speaking out about how proper nutrition is vital for the success of our armed forces. So, they’ve designed some wonderful programs, like the ones here at Fort Jackson, with the goal of making sure every one of you is fit to serve.
Many parents in attendance said they particularly liked that Mrs. Obama spoke to them directly at one point, telling them the president had no greater honor than being the Army’s Commander-in-Chief.
Jonathan Arnold and his family made the trip from Panama City, Florida to watch his son-in-law graduate. He said the First Lady’s presense made the event even more special.
That was awesome. This was my first opportunity to actually get within so many feet to actually see her speak. I’m actually still in awe. It hasn’t soaked in, yet.
Cleveland natives Michelle and Todd Luker came to support their daughter, Pvt. Nicole Luker. They said they had heard about Fort Jackson’s new healthier food initiatives from their daughter.
Governor Nikki Haley also attended the ceremony, along with several state legislators.