is someone who, at one point,
wrote a blank check made payable to
‘The United States of America’
for an amount of
‘up to and including their life.’
That is Honor!
THE OATH OF ENLISTMENT OR OFFICE
Everyone who joins the military has one thing in common.
They must be sworn to service by repeating the enlisted or officer Oath.
The Oath of enlistment is something that every service member
must promise and adhere to for his/her entire military career.
From the Oath,
you can see that you will be defending the Constitution - not a person.
Discipline and accepting orders is sworn to.
Finally, you vow to face the UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice)
should any disputes arise.
The Oath of Enlistment (for enlisted):
"I, __________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend
the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic;
that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders
of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me,
according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
So help me God.
The Oath of Office (for officers):
"I, ________ , having been appointed an officer in the _____ (Military Branch)
of the United States, as indicated above in the grade of _____
do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend
the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic,
that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely,
without any mental reservations or purpose of evasion;
and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties
of the office upon which I am about to enter;
So help me God."