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term of enlistment

Oath of enlistment

The oath of enlistment into the United States military is administered by any commissioned officer to any person enlisting or re-enlisting for a term of service into any branch of the military. The officer asks the person, or persons, to raise their right hand and repeat the oath after him. The oath is traditionally performed in front of the United States flag. Other flags—such as the state flag, military branch flag, or unit guidon—may also be present.

The oath is as follows:

Note that the last sentence is not required to be said if the speaker has a personal or moral objection, as is true of all oaths administered by the United States government.

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