You know I love to shine the light on great inspiration and information here on the Direction Diva Blog, and today won’t disappoint!
I’m excited to share a blog post that was originally written by Starlett Henderson and shared on the ArmyWifeNetwork Website (which is a great place to go for tons of great info for navigating military life effectively)! Enjoy today’s post!
Military Spouse: Oath of Commitment
by Starlett Henderson:
I wondered recently how many spouses have read or asked about the promise our Soldiers have to make in order to join/rejoin the Army. To hear my husband tell it, there’s a lot of weight in those words. (I remember; I recited them once too.) We both did not want to flub them, and they were not taken lightly by anyone we knew. They’re on par with marriage vows in my opinion. All your earnestness is behind both.
What a commitment–the military life, splitting hairs between the military and the rest of your life.
So, I thought (for those who don’t know the Oath), it’d be good to read and ponder it.
ARMED FORCES OATH OF ENLISTMENT
I, (NAME), 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.
The emphasis is mine. This promise is that “blank check” you might have heard people talk about: A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to ‘The United States of America’ for an amount of ‘up to and including my life.’
More and more, there’s a sense that what is included in that “life” is a spouse, a family, a community. A Soldier doesn’t stand alone. They’re committing themselves and who or what makes them “them.” We (the spouse, the family, the community) are called upon to back that check and are invested in that Soldier. So, I wanted to put that into words. But, how? What would that level of commitment sound like? If I was called to swear an oath or make a promise to my Soldier, what would it include?
Here’s an attempt: [click to continue reading …]