RENO, NV - Local Army recruits took their oath in front of a crowd at Aces Ballpark Friday night.
"We're always looking for outstanding young men and women to join the Army," Capt. David Robinson of Sierra Nevada Recruiting Company said. "This community is very military-friendly and the outreach for us out to them and vice versa is a very healthy one."
Some of the recruits have always known this is the path they were going to choose.
"I come from a long line of military tradition and I wanted to try something new and serve my country," recruit Alan Gonzalez said. "This was completely my decision but my family is totally for it. Ever since middle school, it's always been the Army."
He hopes to make a career out of it.
"When I turn 20 I'm planning to switch my contract over to Special Forces and hopefully make my career through that," Gonzalez said. "I'm planning on 20+ years."
His high school friend Ben Belford has also enlisted and is specializing in explosives.
"I have a long family history with the military, especially the Army," Belford said. "I'm nervous but everyone probably is when they first join. You have to get over it; it's an honor to serve your country."
For others, it's a decision made later in life. 25-year-old Ashley Hudson is shipping out in September and preparing to leave her job at the High Desert Farming Initiative.
"I've thought about this for a long time," Hudson said. "The main reason is service to country but also the challenge and the training. I know a little about a whole lot of things but I'm not specialized in anything so that's something that drew me in."
Her goal is to eventually go into civil affairs.
For North Valleys High School graduate Sara Molloy, the Army was a last-minute decision.
"I was getting ready for college but realized it wasn't something I actually wanted," Molloy said. "I told my mom I wanted to join the military but I didn't know what branch so we talked to everybody except the Air Force and I liked the Army."
She plans to specialize in vehicle maintenance.
"I like working with my hands, getting dirty, doing things with vehicles," Molloy said. "It's important for me to serve my country. A lot of my family has been in the military and I want to make them proud."
Her mother Cheryl says she has mixed emotions about the decision but her support is unconditional.
"Whatever my daughter wants to do with her life that's going to help her be successful, I'm going to support her," Molloy said. "There's incredible trepidation but I think we find the most unlikely people to become heroes and she's mine."