Oath of Office: Can the Military Defend the Constitution against Domestic Enemies
Air War College -Air University Maxwell AFB United States
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This paper examines the portion of the militarys oath whereby military members promise to support and defend the Constitution against domestic enemies. It clarifies what defending the Constitution against domestic enemies means and contends that in some situations U.S. military members cannot defend the literal United States Constitution against these enemies. It provides information military members can use to interpret and execute their oath of office by answering the above questions and illustrating situations when the military can and cannot defend the Constitution against domestic enemies.