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Swearing In: The Oath of Enlistment and the Oath of Office


The Oath of Enlistment and the Oath of Office are pledges made by each member of the Armed Forces. This is the final step before basic training. Enlisted personnel take the Oath of Enlistment before they ship out, while Officers take the Oath of Office upon receiving commission.

You must abide by your Oath for the duration of your military career. Though enlisted members and commissioned officers take different oaths of service, they all confirm their duty to defend the Constitution. Enlisted members must pledge to accept and obey orders. All members, enlisted and officers alike, agree to become subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Enlisted members take the Oath after they have completed the final interview at MEPS. Afterwards, you will return to the hotel before you ship out. Recruits in the Delayed Entry Program will return home and begin basic training at a later date. After you take your Oath, you will be ready to serve in the United States Military. Congratulations!

The Oath of Enlistment (for enlistees):

"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."

The Oath of Office (for officers):

"I, _____ (SSAN), having been appointed an officer in the Army of the United States, as indicated above in the grade of _____ do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance tot he same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservations or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; So help me God."

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