A total of 34 men and women swore the oath and committed to the United States Army in front of a sold-out crowd during the opening ceremonies of Military Appreciation night at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo on Feb. 17.

That oath was administered by Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV, commander, U.S. Army North, and senior commander, Fort Sam Houston and Camp Bullis.

The crowd cheered as the recruits vowed to support and defend the U.S. Constitution from all enemies.

One of the new recruits is Jay Benevidez, a recent graduate of Stevens High School.

He plans to be a biomedical equipment specialist.

“My family has a history of medical service, and I want to continue the tradition,” Benevidez said.

Some of the other possible military jobs include infantry, artillery, combat medic, wheeled vehicle mechanic and military police to Special Forces, among other options.