Sona Aslanyan’s family immigrated to the United States from Armenia 15 years ago, and on Friday, the 26-year-old said she was joining the Army to give back to the country that gave her a better life.
“I wanted to do something good for my country,” Aslayan said. “Not many Armenian women go and join the Army.”
The Van Nuys resident was one of 55 women sworn into the armed services Friday at the Burbank Marriott during a special ceremony billed as the first time women from all branches said the oath of enlistment together.
Aslayan and many of the female recruits said they joined the armed services to have something to be proud of.
“I feel like I have a purpose, a meaning,” said Kiani Ebuen, a 20-year-old from Westlake who was sworn into the Air Force.
About 300 people attended the ceremony hosted by the California Disabled Veterans Alliance, including current troops back from deployment and celebrity guests. They gave a standing ovation after the women were sworn in.