I do solemnly swear…

Yesterday was election day. The results are now in. Regardless if you voted for him, Obama is still the president of the United States of America. Regardless if our military men and women voted for him, Obama is their commander-in-chief.

Civilian elections create civilian leadership, and that civilian leadership controls what our friends and family members in the military do for the next 4 years. Sure our Sailors (and soldiers) have strong opinions on how the country is supposed to run, but every 4 years they put all that aside and get back to work. After all, they have a job to do.

The oath

Upon entering the military every Sailor (or soldier/airman/marine/coastie) swears his or her support for the country. The oath for enlisted members goes like this:

“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.”

So congratulations Mr. President. We obey that oath. We solemnly swear that we will defend this country and will follow your lead. Where ever, when ever, at any cost. Let’s roll.  We have work to do.

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