Posted BY: M.W. Gail

Oath (n)  1. A solemn promise, often invoking a divine witness, regarding one’s future action or behavior.

This writer was one of the last platoons to go through that wonderful playground in the swamps called Parris Island, in the last months of the 1970s.  The oath that we swore at MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Station) went like this.

I, (name), 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.

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I reaffirmed that oath every time I was promoted or re-enlisted, from 1979 to 2002, and I stand by it today. The idea of reneging or welshing on the above oath is so odious to my soul that any passing thought of doing so is always immediately rejected outright and cast away the way Democrats toss out their useful idiots.

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