reply to post by ItsAConspiracy
Will our soldiers defend a tyrannical government?
The oath one takes to be an American soldier/Marine/Sailor/etc. is first to defend the constitution.
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.
From there (depending on branch), you promise to obey the orders of the President... a Governor, and those officers assigned over you.
As far as the question of the OP?
It has to do with personal stance. Does the soldier/officer in question agree with the orders being issued? If so, then following them becomes a
non-issue. If not, then there are questions of desertion, rebellion and/or mutiny... all of which are punishable by death depending on the
Officers have a lot more to lose than the enlisted. Chances are pretty fair that lower ranks would see a high number of desertions... at least to
begin with. Officers would more likely be conspiratorial in their actions to allow more than just one to escape and/or cross over to the other side.
During the US Civil War, both sides saw a lot of this. The Confederacy was slow to accept Union deserters and generally forced them to take up shop
out in the western theater. In the north, rebel deserters were, usually, initially held in jail before being given menial tasks, mostly in shipyards
Trust is always an issue.