Timothy E. Tarchick, commander of the 94th Airlift wing, gave the oath from the ground while enlistees administered it from the top of the air traffic control tower, 88 feet above him.
Officials said the event was intended to improve spirit at the base, while promoting professionalism, commitment and pride with the enlistees before they go on to basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, which is expected within the next year.
The event kicked off what is expected to be the 12th consecutive year in which Dobbins exceeds recruiting expectations.
Master Sgt. James Branch said the majority of those sworn in are recent high school graduates.
“They’ll come back here and work at Dobbins,” he said.
Before heading to basic training, the enlistees, part of the 94th Development and Training Flight, will come to Dobbins once a month for physical training, as well as to learn customs and courtesy of the Air Force, Branch said.
In a Dobbins news release, Tarchick said this was the first time Dobbins has used the tower, the highest point on the base, for a mass enlistment.
“You’ve all made a big decision,” he said. “You will gain new skills, meet new people and travel to many new places; all while serving this great nation of ours.”
Sidnie Moore, a trainee who graduated from Kennesaw Mountain High School, said he will join the 94th Civil Engineering Squadron and attend pest management technical training.
“My dad was a Marine for 16 years,” Moore said in the release. “He always enjoyed the military; there seems to be a lot of benefits of joining.”