Orders: Non-commissioned Officer and Order

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“I 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.”

Whether you’re black or white, woman or man, your first language learned was Spanish or English, if you enlist in the United States Military you swear this oath. National Guard enlistees swear a similar oath but with an addition that they “swear to obey the orders of the Governor of their state.” Officers have a different oath that they must swear when they enlist. The fact of the matter is that in this oath that you took, you are obligated to obey all lawful orders that trickle down to you.

Every service member takes orders from somebody, no matter what your rank is. The United States military is one of the most, if not the most, feared coalition of humans on this planet. You can accredit that reputation to our foundation, obedience to orders. From day one, whether you went Navy, Marine Corps, Army, Air Force or National Guard it is drilled in your head that you will obey every lawful order given without question.

In recruit training it is very rare for a recruit to openly disobey an order. From my experience we did not have this problem; everyone did as they were told because everyone understood what they signed up for. We were taught that disobeying a lawful order was a punishable offense under the Uniform Code of Military justice (UCMJ), Article 90, Article 91 and Article 92. Article 90:

“Any person subject to this chapter who willfully disobeys a lawful command of his superior commissioned officer; shall be punished, if the offense is committed in time of war, by death or such other punishment as a court-martial may direct, and if the offense is committed at any...
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