I was honored to have done both of these, how many other have done so?<br><br>The Oath of Enlistment (for enlisted):<br><br>"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."<br><br>The Oath of Office (for officers):<br><br>"I, _____ (SSAN), 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 tot he 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."<br>
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I can count myself in this group. The things I learned during my enlisted time served me well as an officer. I have to say age also played a role for me because when I took the step to become an officer I had maturity, experience, and knowledge under my belt that gave me a good perspective with patience. As much as I hate that word, patience helps bring perspective which leads to more well rounded knowledge and improved experience that drives decision making in a positive direction. At least that is my two cents anyway .....
Who would have thought that when we took that oath that someday our biggest enemies wouldn't be foreign. They would be domestic, and in our own government. I hate to say it, but our past President is an example of that. Now our internal government from city mayors up to the Senate chambers is littered with self serving, promise making folks that don't give a twip about America. Yes "twip" is a word. It is defined as 1/1440th of an inch.
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