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North Texas Recruits Take Oath at Football Game

By By Yalonda Wright Dallas Recruiting Battalion

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The U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion, Dallas swore in 64 new recruits during halftime at the University of North Texas versus the United States Military Academy football game Nov. 18.

The halftime show started with the recruits from across North Texas, standing in formation at the 50-yard line. Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen, superintendent of USMA, delivered the oath of enlistment. The fans applauded as the young men and women joined the brotherhood of Soldiers who served before them.

"UNT showed great patriotism and support in allowing the Army to highlight some of its many resources," said Lt. Col. James Zoizack, commander of the Dallas Recruiting Battalion. "It was a great opportunity for the community to witness a mass swear-in."

Highlighting an even greater Army presence, the Dallas Recruiting Battalion was joined by the 1st Cavalry Division band and Army tank static displays from Fort Hood, Texas, and the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team. Jaime Adams, UNT associate athletic director of marketing, was completely open when asked to share his game day with Army elements in Dallas.

"We appreciate all that you all do, we would love to have you," Adams said.

"This was a one of a kind experience. I wouldn't miss it for the world," Kylie Ball, a new recruit from Lake Dallas High School said, referring to the ceremony,

Each of the recruits had their own reasons for enlisting for military service. Some said it was to be considered one of the best. Others did it for the love of country and still others for the education opportunities.

For Benjamin Barberez, one of the Future Soldiers, military service is a family tradition. Both his parents, his aunts, uncles and grandfather are part of that bond.

UNT hosted the USMA Black Knights, taking a 52-49 win with a field goal in the last five seconds of the game. The athletic team at UNT hosted more than the Army football team, they hosted the Army community.