Tampa Bay Rays oath of enlistment
1 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Lt. Gen. Jody Daniels, Chief of the U.S. Army Reserve, prepares to speak during the opening ceremony of a Tampa Rays game on April 23, 2023 in Tampa, Florida. LTG Daniels participated in events in celebration of the 115th birthday of the U.S. Army Reserve. (Army Reserve photo taken by LTC William Geddes, Army Reserve Medical Command Public Affairs Office) (Photo Credit: Lt. Col. William Geddes) VIEW ORIGINAL
Army Reserve birthday at the ballpark
2 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Lt. Gen. Jody Daniels, Chief of the U.S. Army Reserve, speaks to future soldiers during the opening ceremony of a Tampa Rays game on April 23, 2023 in Tampa, Florida.The Army Reserve was invited to celebrate its 115th birthday at Tropicana Field with LTG Daniels throwing the opening pitch. (Army Reserve photo taken by LTC William Geddes, Army Reserve Medical Command Public Affairs Office) (Photo Credit: Lt. Col. William Geddes) VIEW ORIGINAL
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3 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Lt. Gen. Jody Daniels, Chief of the U.S. Army Reserve,throws the opening pitch during the opening ceremony of a Tampa Rays game on April 23, 2023 in Tampa, Florida. LTG Daniels was invited to celebrate the 115th birthday of the U.S. Army Reserve. She issued an oath of enlistment, presented a Minuteman Scholarship check and concluded the occasion with the ceremonial opening pitch. (Army Reserve photo taken by LTC William Geddes, Army Reserve Medical Command Public Affairs Office) (Photo Credit: Lt. Col. William Geddes) VIEW ORIGINAL
Army Reserve birthday at the ballpark
4 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Lt. Gen. Jody Daniels, Chief of the U.S. Army Reserve, issues an oath of enlistment during the opening ceremony of a Tampa Rays game on April 23, 2023, in Tampa, Florida. LTG Daniels enlisted 14 recruits from the Tampa area on the 115th birthday of the U.S. Army Reserve. (Army Reserve photo taken by LTC William Geddes, Army Reserve Medical Command Public Affairs Office) (Photo Credit: Lt. Col. William Geddes) VIEW ORIGINAL
Army Reserve birthday at the ballpark
5 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Lt. Gen. Jody Daniels, Chief of the U.S. Army Reserve, presents a check to Benjamin Borton, an Army Reserve recruit and recipient of the Minuteman Scholarship during the opening ceremony of a Tampa Rays game on April 23, 2023, in Tampa, Florida. The Minute-Man Scholarship provides full tuition and fees for up to four years. Soldiers that obtain the scholarship are guaranteed service as an officer in the Army Reserve. (Army Reserve photo taken by LTC William Geddes, Army Reserve Medical Command Public Affairs Office) (Photo Credit: Lt. Col. William Geddes) VIEW ORIGINAL
Army Reserve birthday at the ballpark
6 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Lt. Gen. Jody Daniels, Chief of the U.S. Army Reserve, approaches the pitching mound during the opening ceremony of a Tampa Rays game on April 23, 2023, in Tampa, Florida. LTG Daniels was invited to celebrate the 115th birthday of the U.S. Army Reserve. She issued an oath of enlistment, presented a Minuteman Scholarship check, and concluded the occasion with the ceremonial opening pitch. (Army Reserve photo taken by LTC William Geddes, Army Reserve Medical Command Public Affairs Office) (Photo Credit: Lt. Col. William Geddes) VIEW ORIGINAL
Army Reserve birthday at the ballpark
7 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The Minuteman Scholarship is designed to help reserve soldiers and reserve recruits pay for up to four years of school. The scholarship pays for all tuition, as well as other fees a student may encounter and ensures they have a career as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve. (Army Reserve photo taken by LTC William Geddes, Army Reserve Medical Command Public Affairs Office) (Photo Credit: Lt. Col. William Geddes) VIEW ORIGINAL

“I’m here for two reasons today, one was to enlist 14 future Soldiers into our great Nation’s Army, and the other is to celebrate 115 years of Army Reserve,” said Lt. Gen. Jody Daniels, Chief of the Army Reserve, as she opened her interview with a local Tampa/St. Petersburg television station at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida on April 23, the birthday of the Army Reserve.

The interview culminated a busy afternoon for Daniels, who was at Tropicana Field prior to the Tampa Bay Rays baseball game administering the oath of enlistment to 14 future Soldiers, presenting a giant check to future Soldier Benjamin Borton representing the $200,000 Minuteman Scholarship he earned, and throwing out the opening pitch for the Tampa Bay Rays.

“It’s really great to see these future Soldiers here in this atmosphere to take their oath of enlistment,” said Daniels. “They get to be seen by their families, their friends, and (among the tens of thousands at the game) over 7,000 youth baseball players who were here to watch the game.”

Future Soldier Benjamin Borton was thrilled to have the opportunity. “I was out there with the biggest smile on my face that I’ve had in the last ten years,” he said. Borton had good reason to be thrilled, having not only enlisted in the Army, but been recognized for earning a Minuteman Scholarship that will cover his four-year tuition at Baylor University, a $200,000 value.

In Borton’s case this scholarship allowed him to go to his top-choice university, an opportunity he said he would not have had if he had not earned this scholarship.

Daniel’s used her interview to highlight the Minuteman scholarship and other opportunities the Army Reserve offers. “For example, there are more than 150 military occupational specialties that you can serve in in the Army, and 120 of those exist in the Army Reserve,” Daniels said. “If there is a civilian career field, we probably have an equivalent skill set in the Army Reserve, a skill set that we can help you develop simultaneously with your service. There are lots of ways we can help people achieve their passion. There’s a lot that people can do, endless possibilities are out there. Be all you can be”

Daniels addressed her opening pitch in the interview, acknowledging that it was a little bit scary going into it, but she went in prepared. “By the time I got to the mound, I was in good shape, because I had been practicing for weeks,” she said. “Just like in the military, rehearse, rehearse, rehearse. So I was ready.”

Daniels also highlighted her push to ensure tough realistic training for Army Reserve Soldiers. “It gives Soldiers a sense that they are participating in something relevant, meaningful, interesting, and exciting,” she said. “That way when they are done they go home and tell their families, their neighbors, and their roommates in college what they did over the weekend. When they tell their stories, we have more people that know about the Army Reserve and what all it can be.”

Army Reserve Soldiers telling their story will help ensure that the next 115 years of the Army Reserve are as bright as the past 115 years.