How long does an Oath last?

The Length of an Oath

“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.” (Title 10, US Code; Act of 5 May 1960 replacing the wording first adopted in 1789, with amendment effective 5 October 1962).

“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 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.” (DA Form 71, 1 August 1959, for officers.)

How long does an Oath last? Is its life infinite or does it expire when you are no longer in the military? Does it last until you no longer believe it? Does it only last as long as the benefactor upholds their end?

I took the Enlisted Oath when I joined the Army and when I reenlisted. If you would indulge me, I would like to discuss what that oath meant to me. You see, I grew up poor and not having anyone to guide me. My father was lacking and my mother cared more about her next fix than she did about me. She even told me one time that she kidnapped me out of some ones yard. I joined the Army on my 17 birthday convincing my dad to sign the paper. So please don’t judge me for what I am about to say.

When I first took that Oath it was nothing but words to me. I did not understand the Constitution nor the implications of what that oath truly meant. When I got to my first unit and hear talk about fighting for family, friends, God, and country I would laugh inside. The idea of fighting for anything other than myself, was ludicrous. Slowly over the next year I realized I would never fight for my mom or dad, nor those “friends” back home. I once asked an old school NCO (SFC Smith) what people meant by fighting for something other than themselves. He explained to me that there are things far more important than your own self being. I decided to look into it. I soon found myself enthralled by our Founding Fathers and the Constitutional Republic that they created.

Within the year, I came to realize that my family were the soldiers around me. That my duty was to them, and my honor was their honor. I found a love for a piece of paper that was written years before I was born that meant more than anything I will ever say, write, or create. Right before going to Panama in 89 a few of us were sitting around discussing the possibility that one or more were not coming back. In that one moment of clarity I realized that these men, these brave fighters, these brothers that were willing to stand not only beside me, but for me; were what my oath was about. The brave men that stood up through out time and said, “Not today, not on this day will I let evil prevail,” are what I was fighting for.

In 1776 a few brave men committed treason by writing a document so important that it became the cornerstone of our great Republic. Did they truly understand what was to come? I believe they did. I believe those men knew that today we would see an assault on our Constitution, an assault on our way of life, an assault on our freedom; so they added the 2nd Amendment to that Constitution. They spoke clearly that we as a people have a duty to keep our Government in balance.

Our Founding Fathers in writing the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and the Bill of Rights took an oath to create this great nation. Many paid a terrible price for that oath; an oath that has lasted until today. Given that alone; I ask how long should my oath last?

I swore my word, my life my bond to 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.

What does this really mean? First, that I will take up arms should my country be invaded. I will make sure my local and federal government do nothing to take away from that great document. That if need be I will use my 2nd Amendment duty to defend the Constitution in its entirety.  I give true faith to what was setup. I believe it to be the best form of government that has been established; I have faith that those men long past setup a system that deserves my allegiance, so I freely give it.

The length of an oath is for each man to decide, but mine will last until I do not. Even then I will have faith that another Patriot will stand for the Constitution.

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About Dann Diaz

A Veteran and former member of the GOP. Dann left the GOP because it no longer stood for Conservative values. A Constitutional Conservative that wants the Government to do it's job and quit interfering with peoples Liberty.
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18 Responses to How long does an Oath last?

  1. Bulldog says:

    Amen Brother! My Oath never expires. We swore it and IMHO, we must die defending it if needed. Without the Constitution we do not Freedom. Without Freedom we are no different than the countries we have fought in.
    See you on Fiddler’s Green

  2. John West says:

    A DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
    PREAMBLE
    WHEN, in the course of human history, WE THE PEOPLE find it necessary to restore the integrity of a Government, its Elected Officials and their Appointees, and to hold accountable those sworn to uphold a constitution, who yet declare themselves immune or ignorant, WE as citizens of our UNITED STATES, and heirs to a constitutional republic conceived in LIBERTY do declare.
    WE now affirm these truths to be absolute: That all humans are born equal; that having been born entitles each of us to certain natural unalienable rights; that among these rights are LIFE, LIBERTY, and the PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. WE have the right to pursue a LIVING upon this earth, for ourselves and our posterity, to LIVE FREE in order to reach the fullest potential of what is humanly possible, for the betterment of ALL LIFE. WE have the right of LIBERTY, to gain financial independence based upon our labor, without the heavy burden placed upon us by overbearing bureaucracy. WE have the right to be uninhibited, yet virtuous in our PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. “In order to secure these rights, governments are instituted among humans, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it and to institute a new government.” NOW that WE THE PEOPLE have witnessed those sworn to uphold the constitution: A.K.A. the Government, its Elected Officials and their Appointees. It has now become self evident, that THEY have been non compliant with the CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES, and have now placed upon it, their unjust interpretation of its true meaning. and to that end, brought this country and its faithful people to their lowest point. Our government has long pursued “progressive” and “liberal” undertakings without sanction under the CONSTITUTION, and without the consent OF THE PEOPLE within the meaning of that CONSTITUTION. When a government thinks itself a Shepherd and the people its sheep, WE THE PEOPLE take offense. Never before in the course of our proud nation’s history has a government such as the one that exists today, held itself in such disregard OF IT’S PEOPLE, or their FOUNDING FATHERS. THEREFORE AS THE PEOPLE, we must now insist that our government be put on notice: that WE THE PEOPLE, now within the rights given to us by our CREATOR, as recounted by our FOUNDING FATHERS, and secured by the blood our VETERANS, will no longer tolerate this Government, NOW abolish it and institute OUR new government. Submitted & Written by, John West.

    • Larry55X says:

      This seems like a simple solution. You and all your comrades should just stop paying taxes and refuse all this country’s aid in ALL FORMS. You can start out by getting off the internet. I am sure some governmental funds are used to keep this going. Did not the guy that make billions of dollars started out by use of old top secret cables. I have all the respect for the KKK… at least they did not hide behind all this latest BS– you guys are in pain because a Black man is your leader. Just say it loudly, “I am white— and I want my country back!”.

  3. Reblogged this on DeborahBidwell's Blog and commented:
    I agree with you, and thank you for your service before and on going

  4. Lordchamp says:

    Well said and supported by me and the oath I took as well.

  5. LT says:

    I am a soldier. I know what war looks like, what it sounds like, smells like, what it feels like in my soul. I stand today in the twilight of my nation’s grace, looking into the darkness of impending war.

    My sleep is troubled, knowing what awaits, yet the ignorant and the ‘true believers’ sleep easily in their delusions, and I am saddened by it. But I am a soldier, and I know what must be done; and so I shall put away my sadness and I shall harness up the bitter steed of war, and gird myself up for the battle; and I shall ride out to meet the enemies of Liberty; not in rage, not for anger sake or the hope of vengeance; but because I swore an oath before God, to jealously guard our Republic and its Constitution against all enemies; Him I shall not disappoint, for He is my Hope and my Trust.

    Therefore, as much as my soul laments against the harsh truth before me, I make this declaration to my enemies who press me into this battle, that none shall be able to afterwards say “I did not know, you did not warn me”;
    I will fight not because I desire it, but because I cannot justify any other course of action – when the enemy attacks, you must fight – you must kill or you will die.
    I smell you, my enemy; I can feel the ambush you have laid for me and my true countrymen, all about like a sticky spider’s web, yet we will not back down; and though you will kill some of us, you will not get us all before we have finished with you.

    Read the whole post: http://ncrenegade.com/editorial/a-time-to-kill/

  6. Nick says:

    What a tool. Go to Canada if you dont like USA

    • Dann Diaz says:

      Nick who are you talking to? If you are talking to me it shows that you did not read the entire article or fail to comprehend what it says. It says the exact opposite of not liking the US. As a matter of fact it talks about a love of Country and the brotherhood of Soldiers.

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  8. RV says:

    Great stuff Dann. Thanks for expressing these truths so clearly. I, as so many other commenters, took the same oath and still consider it valid today.

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