A graduating officer peeks out from a line of his colleagues during the March 18 ceremony.
A graduating officer peeks out from a line of his colleagues during the March 18 ceremony.
An expectant crowd of cadets listens to a speech by an American three-star general.
A tired cadet rests briefly during the eight-hour event.
A row of cadets wait to be honored by Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai addresses the graduating class of 2010 against a poster of himself addressing the previous year’s graduates. Karzai looks stern as he warns officers that they are undertaking an enormous responsibility.
Under the gaze of the Afghan President, a soldier shouts, “I will serve the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan with my soul,” as he holds a ceremonial sword in his hands.
Soldiers standing on rooftops overlooking the military base where the ceremony was held.

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