I 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; 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.”

Oath of Office

I remember the first time I swore this oath, I was in Chicago. I remember every one of the six times since; some more fondly that others. My personal favorite time reenlisting was during my first tour in Iraq. All the other soldiers were holding out for money, goodies, or whatever. They thought they had Uncle Sammy over a barrel: even with “stop loss” in effect. Me?  I was just happy to keep fighting for my country.  Getting a hug from my company commander for re-signing was definitely weird, however.

But there is a significant question each Veteran must ask themselves. You’re out now. Does the oath still bind you? Should it? Are you still willing to risk your life and limb to protect civilians still? Between the oath, the Soldier’s Creed, and for us special crazies: the Infantryman’s Creed; we have a solid warrior society with our duties and responsibilities established, while we serve.  What happens when you get out?  I’m not going to ramble long-winded here; instead I’m asking you, my brother and sister Veterans, to give me your thoughts on this issue.  How much does the Oath apply to you after you’re out?  Does it depend on how you got out? (ETS vs Med-board vs Retirement vs Whatever) Are there different parts that no longer apply?

Help me start a discussion; which will lead to a bigger response later!  Us Veterans here at FreedomSystem.org believe that our Oath never expires, but it would be great to hear what other Veterans think!  Sound off!

David Gilliam
David Gillam is a medically retired Army Sergeant that served a long and distinguished career in the Indiana Army National Guard. He served two tours in Iraq, was injured in Baghdad, and spent several months in rehabilitation at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington DC. He has several degrees from Indiana University in many different areas of study.

David is married to his wonderful wife and caregiver, Anna, and has tremendous knowledge of the Veterans Administration. He is a valuable asset to the FreedomSystem team.