posted on Jun, 23 2009 @ 04:19 PM
As a former Air Force member, I take my oath seriously still. Look up "Call to Duty" and "Oathkeeper War" for more on how I feel about it and the
faith I have in my brothers and sisters in service.
The average G.I. takes the oath quite seriously: a long time ago in 'Nam the American Legion set up a post at DaNang and tried to make an oath of
loyalty to the president part of the membership requirements. Most guys were outraged and reported it to the I.G., who quickly pointed out the
unconstitutionality of that and forced its immediate removal.
Service members debate the issue frequently in my experience, more frequently than civilians do, since the issue directly affects their own situation.
That said, I've seen some units whose commanders were more political than military, and who subverted the loyalty of those under their command
towards political figures rather than the Constitution.
But I trust most service members to do the right thing: they are used to making difficult decisions in hard places, and I'll give them the benefit of
the doubt until proven otherwise.