Submitted by wislander on Fri, 11/11/2016 - 13:37
When I was seventeen years old I enlisted in the military, in my case the branch I selected was the Navy. On the day that I enlisted, like many people who enlist, I did not necessarily understand the gravity of taking such a step; or the depth of making such a decision at an age when officially I could not even vote.
"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."
These simple words, spoken by everyone who ever enlisted in the US Military, are the last words they ever say as they leave the civilian world. These simple words are the first step towards making a young man or woman a protector of the freedoms and the rights of all Americans.