Scenario 84 - The Soldier, the Oath, the Tough Moral Choice

Updated: May 29, 2021


You are a National Guard soldier, proud of your uniform and your service to community, state, and country. You remember well the day you swore in…

“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. So help me God."

The new and duly elected President of the United States has declared that firearms violence is a direct threat to national security.


The National Guard has been federalized.


Your unit has been tasked with seizing all semi-automatic firearms in accordance with an executive order giving by the President of the United States. Debate rages among parties, politicians, the Officer Corp, Senior Enlisted men, and enlisted soldiers. Is this a legal, lawful order? Is this a violation of your oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic and to bear true faith and allegiance to the same? Would ignoring the order be a violation of your oath to obey the orders of the President of the United States?


Remember, you will going to the homes of your friends, family, and neighbors. Your heart tells you one thing yet your head tells you another.


You are a Solider.


You took an Oath.


You are a conscientious human being.


You are faced with a very, very tough moral choice.


What’s your move?


Bless all who wear or have worn the uniform.


(Suggested reading:/research: The Posse Comitatus Act, The Insurrection Act of 1807, The Nuremburg Trails, The Nuremberg Defense, UCMJ, Disobeying an unlawful order)

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