Thursday, February 14, 2008

It's Official!

This afternoon I met up with Julee in Times Square and officially signed away my life to Uncle Sam! If you didn't know, I have been in the process of signing up with the Air Force for the last several months now. Today I took the Oath of Office in the center of times square. How exiting! As I did it I knew that I was doing the correct thing. Not having an idea of what I would be swearing to I thought the oath very powerful:

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; 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.)

After that it took only about 50 initials and 20 signatures and now I am US property. I will finish school normally and then afterwards will be a dentist for the Air Force for the next 20 years. Just kidding only three. They will be paying my tuition and giving me a stipend for the last three years of school. After that I don't know where we will go other than it will be where they tell us to. Maybe we will luck out and go to Hawaii or Germany. But then again maybe we will be sent to Mt. Home Idaho.

After all was said and done I was so exited, it made me feel very patriotic.

For those of you who have never heard of the oath of office (probably everyone) this is what it says on Wikipedia:

The Oath of Office is a solemn oath taken by officers of the United States Uniformed Services on commissioning. It differs slightly from that of the oath of enlistment that enlisted members recite when they enter the service. It is statutory (i.e. required by law) and is prescribed by Section 3331, Title 5, United States Code[1]. It is traditional for officers to recite the oath upon promotion but as long as the officer's service is continuous this is not actually required.[2] One notable difference between the officer and enlisted oaths is that the oath taken by officers does not include any provision to obey orders; while enlisted personnel are bound by the Uniform Code of Military Justice to obey lawful orders, officers in the service of the United States are bound by this oath to disobey any order that violates the Constitution of the United States.


Wright Life said...

Wow Matt thats pretty awesome and unique to be able to do that in time square. Congrats, now your like a grown up boy scout.

Ryan said...

That is so neat that you did that at Times Square! Were people stopped to watch you?

The Reeds said...

Congrats Matt! I told Shannon about this. I'm so impressed!

Jenny & Scott said...

Well... I'm leaving my comment. Sounds like you're excited. I'm sure it will be nice not to have all that debt after you're done. That is, if you don't count the 3 years. Scott's dad is a retired air force colonel. He was an accountant. They lived all over the place. Congrats