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1 I n t e g r i t y - S e r v i c e - E x c e l l e n c e Sustaining the Combat Capability of America’s Air Force The Oath of Office: The Last Word

2 2 Oath of Office Comprehend the significance of the oath of office and commissioning Lesson objective:

3 3 Oath of Office 1. In your own words, state the meaning of the oath of office Samples of behavior: 2. Summarize the significance of commissioning

4 Overview Oath Of Office Meaning Of Commission Service Sacrifice Responsibility Fun Oath Controversy

5 Douglas MacArthur Colin Powell Curtis LeMay Ulysses S. Grant Benjamin O. Davis Eddie Rickenbacker Hoyt Vandenburg Chuck Yeager Norman Schwartzkopf

6 Lance P. Sijan Hilliard Willbanks Steven Bennett Joseph Loring William Jones

7 7 Oath Background Hippocratic Oath Military Oaths date back to ancient Rome 1 st Congress on 1 June 1789 created a law regulating the time and manner of administering certain oaths Basically for civil/military officials to support the Constitution Implemented the requirement in Article 6 of the Constitution (…bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution.) 1 st officer oath: I do solemnly swear or affirm (as the case may be) that I will support the Constitution of the United States. 29 Sept 1789 – Enlisted oath created Many variations in the military oath (Revolutionary War, Civil War, post Civil War, post WWII) Big Picture: call to a higher power, a statement to perform to the best of one’s abilities, honor, consequences of not keeping one’s word

8 The Oath I, (state your full name), having been appointed a second lieutenant, in the United States Air Force, do solemnly swear 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 upon which I am about to enter, so help me God.

9 The Oath

10 I, (state your full name), having been appointed a second lieutenant, in the United States Air Force, do solemnly swear 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 upon which I am about to enter, so help me God. The Oath

11 I, (state your full name), having been appointed a second lieutenant, in the United States Air Force, do solemnly swear 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 upon which I am about to enter, so help me God. The Oath

12 I, (state your full name), having been appointed a second lieutenant, in the United States Air Force, do solemnly swear 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 upon which I am about to enter, so help me God. The Oath

13 I, (state your full name), having been appointed a second lieutenant, in the United States Air Force, do solemnly swear 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 upon which I am about to enter, so help me God. The Oath

14 I, (state your full name), having been appointed a second lieutenant, in the United States Air Force, do solemnly swear 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 upon which I am about to enter, so help me God. The Oath

15 I, (state your full name), having been appointed a second lieutenant, in the United States Air Force, do solemnly swear 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 upon which I am about to enter, so help me God. The Oath

16 I, (state your full name), having been appointed a second lieutenant, in the United States Air Force, do solemnly swear 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 upon which I am about to enter, so help me God. The Oath

17 I, (state your full name), having been appointed a second lieutenant, in the United States Air Force, do solemnly swear 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 upon which I am about to enter, so help me God. The Oath

18 I, (state your full name), having been appointed a second lieutenant, in the United States Air Force, do solemnly swear 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 upon which I am about to enter, so help me God. The Oath

19 I, (state your full name), having been appointed a second lieutenant, in the United States Air Force, do solemnly swear 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 upon which I am about to enter, so help me God. The Oath

20 I, (state your full name), having been appointed a second lieutenant, in the United States Air Force, do solemnly swear 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 upon which I am about to enter, so help me God. The Oath

21 What Does the Commission Mean? Service Sacrifice Responsibility Fun

22 Service Country Self Peers Family We in the military do what we do--fight, prepare to launch nuclear weapons, and prepare to kill if need be--to defend our Constitution and the ideals of democracy, so that our friends and peers can lead their lives in freedom.

23 Sacrifice Life Freedom Family

24 Responsibility The Mission Superiors Subordinates Yourself

25 Fun Jobs Assignments Friends / family

26 26 Oath of Office to Core Values 4 Oath of OfficeCore Values Air ForceNavy/Marine Corps Army I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Service Before Self CourageSelfless Service Personal Courage Loyalty I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion. Integrity FirstHonorIntegrity I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter. Excellence in All We Do CommitmentDuty Respect

27 27 Oath Controversy Is the Oath of Office biased? What do you think is the most controversial line in the oath? What might it be violating (in a religious context)? Establishment Clause of the 1 st Amendment What is this? Arguments for a Violation: Arguments against a Violation: Inconsistent with Presidential Oath of Office “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Arguments for a Violation: Arguments against a Violation: Violates the last line of Article VI Arguments for a Violation: Arguments against a Violation:

28 Freedom Is Not Free I Watched A Flag Pass By One Day, It Fluttered In The Breeze. A Young Airman Saluted It, And Then He Stood At Ease. I Thought How Many Men Like Him, Had Fallen Through The Years. How Many Died On Foreign Soil, How Many Mother’s Tears. How Many Pilot’s Planes Shot Down, How Many Died At Sea. How Many Foxholes Were Soldiers Graves, No, Freedom Is Not Free. I Heard The Sound Of Taps One Night, When Everything Was Still. I Listened To The Bugler Play, And Felt A Sudden Chill. I Wondered Just How Many Times, That Taps Had Meant “Amen.” When A Flag Had Covered A Coffin, Of A Brother Or A Friend. I Thought Of All The Children, Of Mothers And The Wives, Of Fathers, Sons And Husbands, With Interrupted Lives. I Thought About A Graveyard, At The Bottom Of The Sea. Of Unmarked Graves At Arlington, No, Freedom Is Not Free.

29 29 Sources 1.The Military Oath of Office, Colonel Orwyn Sampson, USAF Academy Journal of Professional Military Ethics, September AFP , The Armed Forces Officer, Armed Forces Information Service, Department of Defense, Niel Misholov’s Vietnam War Medal of Honor Web page (http://www.mishalov.com/citations.html).http://www.mishalov.com/citations.html 4.The Oath of Office, Lt Col Keskel, Air & Space Power Journal, Winter 2002

30 Summary Oath Of Office Meaning Of Commission Service Sacrifice Responsibility Fun Poem


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