I, [state your name], 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 on which I am about to enter. So help me God.
The oath is for an indeterminate period; that means there is no duration specifically defined – it is essentially a life-long pledge and dedication.
HISTORY AND CONNECTION TO THE OATH
Over the holidays, my wife, Diana, and I had the honor of (remotely) witnessing our oldest grandson being sworn in as an officer in the U.S. Navy by taking the oath above. Another of our grandsons will be commissioned in June of this year. Read More…