Moral Obligations from Our Oath to the US Constitution
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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Every officer in the military takes an oath of office upon entry into the service. Under that oath the officer has some moral obligations. This article examines these obligations in relation to the Constitution of the United States. The article looks back two hundred years at the military influence in the origins of the Constitution. Then based on these origins and the actual wording in the Constitution the article presents the moral obligations that the military officer has incurred from the oath of office. The article does not cover the legal obligations to the Constitution, which are given in the UCMJ.
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