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The Oath of Office

The Oath of Office

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; that I take this obligation freely; and without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter; So help me God.


10 Comments for this entry

  • a grateful citizen

    Semper gratias for Semper Fideles.

  • Melanie Hart

    “….I will support and defend the constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign AND DOMESTIC….”

    Thank you for defending our freedoms against ALL enemies…especially those in our own back yard.

  • Tom

    That’s the Oath of Office for members of Congress, not the Marine Corps.

  • Tom

    Minor correction to my earlier post: while the posted Oath is for Members of Congress it is also the oath for military officers…enlisted personnel have a different oath. The officer’s oath binds them to disobey any order that violates the Constitution; not an option for enlistees.

  • Frank

    Regarding the dismissal of Sgt. Stein, I have a question. I have never served.. I can not because of a medical condition that prohibits me from doing so. How it is possible for a person to “… Support and Defend the constitution of the United States….” When those same people are not afforded the protection the 1st Amendment grants all the rest of us????

  • Jan

    Frank exactly our military does not have the same rights and freedoms that the rest of us civilians, they do not get the best health care or free housing etc. This is part of what they give up for us to live free. It is more of a social government. They are not to speak of missions. ie like Vietnam there are things blacked out on recorders 50 years later. The Enlisted oath does say defend both forign and domestic obey orders of offices and President, The officer’s oath reads domestic and forign. Officers are college educated, but usually depend on enlisted to lead the way and keep them out of danger. would love to hear the real answer to this question from others. The one lesson they all should learn is to keep each other live they are a bsnd of brothers who depend on one another, how sad Sgt. Stein stands alone in trying to call out a wolf in sheeps clothing.

  • JWil

    Frank, you could also become a liability on the battle field thus causing more casualties due to your medical condition. You don’t have to join the military in order to serve your country… With that being said, not all military personnel have combatant related specialties. Think of the movie 300.. Perfect example of what I speak of. The refusal of the mutated fella not being permitted to join & the small numbers of actual trained soldiers versus fighters..

  • Allen Miller

    What was is the orignal “MARINE” oath to his rifle? I’ve currently seen one that starts out: “This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is like it but this one is mine. And it goes on from there and is a “wonderful” MARINE oath to his rifle and his MARINE life to commitment to the fight.

    Now I seen one (which I think is a “new” one) which includes statements such as: “the noise of our burst or the smoke we make. Can any older MARINE out there please send me the original verse to me for my recently passed father. It would mean a lot.

  • GlenS.

    It is important to notice how we swear to support the constitution and NOT the President. When it really comes down to it we serve under the constitution not a person.

  • verline manahan

    Helpful article – I Appreciate the specifics ! Does someone know if I can access a fillable NY DTF RP-425 form to fill in ?

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