HERE IS THE OATH?

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Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Birchwood Realty, Inc.

I think we all agree the comments should never have been made by McCrystal and his staff.  Since there is so much talk about the sworn oath McCrystal took, I wanted to know what the oath states.  Does he take an oath to defend the Constitution and obey his Commander and Chief under all circumstances. Because I wanted to know before making any future opinions I looked it up. 

Officers take a slightly different oath than enlisted men; the oath for officers does not include "obey orders".

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.[1]

Note that the last sentence is not required to be said if the speaker has a personal or moral objection, as is true of all oaths administered by the United States government. Article Six of the United States Constitution requires that there be no religious test for public office. In addition, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission are examples of government policies and agencies preventing discrimination on the basis of religion.

Note also that this is not an oath to defend any specific territory or persons or property. This is an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States.

Note also that there is no duration defined in the Oath.

The Oath  of Office is a solemn oath taken by officers of the United States Uniformed Services on commissioning. It differs slightly from that of the oath of enlistment that enlisted members recite when they enter the service. It is statutory (i.e. required by law) and is prescribed by Section 3331, Title 5, United States Code[1]. It is traditional for officers to recite the oath upon promotion but as long as the officer's service is continuous this is not actually required.[2] One notable difference between the officer and enlisted oaths is that the oath taken by officers does not include any provision to obey orders; while enlisted personnel are bound by the Uniform Code of Military Justice to obey lawful orders, officers in the service of the United States are bound by this oath to disobey any order that violates the Constitution of the United States.[3] 

This is the enlisted mens Oath

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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Dan Benefield
Benefield Realty - Decatur, GA

Very good post Lois. I have been having doubts recently if the current administration makes any attempts to abide by the Constitution.

June 23, 2010 09:58 AM #1
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Ken 360.609.0226 Vancouver Homes for Sales
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that is very interesting.  Thank you for sharing this information

June 23, 2010 09:59 AM #2
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Lois Davies
Century 21 Birchwood Realty, Inc. - Cape Coral, FL
Cape Coral & SW Florida

Thanks guys - I have a tendency to be very opinionated so I like to research before I spout off.

June 23, 2010 10:26 AM #3
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Michael Delaware
Troxel Realty Co. LLC - Battle Creek, MI
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This was very informative.  I learned a lot from this post.  It is interesting how many do not seem to uphold the Constitution, or even know what it is.

June 23, 2010 11:00 AM #4
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Lois Davies
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You are so right Michael - One of my concerns is what happened with our military when an administration tries to subvert the Constitution, what side does the military take?  I am not saying we are there yet but its interesting to think about. 

June 23, 2010 05:56 PM #5
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Lane Bailey
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I have a post kicking around in my head about this very thing...  It still doesn't let McChrystal off the hook, but he is FAR from being a bad guy. 

June 23, 2010 11:49 PM #6
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Lois Davies
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Hi Lane - Your right.  I read your comment on another blog and I agree with you, McChrystal is what I visualize as an ideal officer.  He has the respect of his men not only because of the stars on his shoulders but because he gets his hands dirty along side his men; he is not an armchair general.

June 24, 2010 07:03 AM #7
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Dale Terry
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In the end, McChrystal loses his job but not his dignity.  Obama breaks the constitution, will not be reelected and goes down as an idiot. 

June 24, 2010 06:36 PM #8
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I hope so, we will just have to wait and see

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