MSL101L07 Profession of Arms SR.pdf

Oath an oath is an individual moral commitment made

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Oath An oath is an individual moral commitment made publicly; a bond that ties each of you to your chosen profession. This distinguishes the Army Profession and the other armed forces from other federal employees and other professions. Article VI of the Constitution requires that every member of the Army Profession-military or civilian, officer or enlisted-"shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution." The Oath of Office (commissioning) for officers, the Oath of Enlistment for enlisted Soldiers, and the Oath of Office for Army Civilians, each share these words: "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." In taking this oath, you each bind yourselves to a 200-year tradition, making the sternest of commitments to our nation and our Constitution. When you swear or affirm to this oath, you are making a deep personal guarantee that you will do all that is required to safeguard the freedom and prosperity of this great nation. Take a moment to consider what is meant by "...all that is required." Most think of this in terms of loss of sacrifice of life or time spent with Family, but you will often find that the sacrifices you will be expected to endure will far exceed any of your expectations.
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All Armed Forces officers swear the same oath that every president and military officer has taken since George Washington became the first president of our nation and commander in chief of its armed forces. Consider this deep personal devotion when you swear or affirm to uphold its tenets. Authority The Constitution is not the sole source of authority. The source of military authority flows from the American people, based on the organizing principles of the Declaration of Independence, through the Constitution. Military authority flows through elected and appointed public officials, to the officers and civilians they appoint, and finally to the Soldiers and civilians entrusted with executing orders. The Oath of Enlistment obliges obedience to the orders of superior officers, and the Oath of Commission requires the same of officers. This includes the president who is commander-in-chief. The Army's professional oaths to support and defend the Constitution require strict adherence to the law. No verbal order can set this aside. The Profession of Arms The Profession of Arms is comprised of the uniformed members of the Army Profession. It embodies several important facets, to include: Trust Military Expertise Honorable Service Esprit de Corps Stewardship of the Army Profession Trust - The Bedrock of Our Profession Because the American people place special trust and confidence in the Army as a profession that considers service to the nation its highest priority, trust is the bedrock of our relationship with them.
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