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; 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.
I swear to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against ALL enemies, foreign and domestic. bear true faith and allegiance to the same. These phrases come before following the orders of the President, not after. The Military man and woman swear to the Constitution not a political party or an individual. As a matter of fact the U.C.M.J has provisions that allow the military to question orders from an individual that they feel are illegal and unjust.
However many on the left are interpreting this oath as an allegiance to the man in office over the Constitution. A very wrong conclusion. As this is not what the Oath of Enlistment is. Here in plain, clear English. We, those who have worn a uniform look to what makes this country what it is, not the individual in power.
Once an oath is taken it does not end because one is no longer serving. It continues because it is a way of life. The phrase, when a Marine is asked about duty, GOD, COUNTRY, and CORP. Refers to the order in which a Marine finds his responsibility to.
To GOD, meaning to the deity that the individual Marine finds solice in.
To Country, meaning to the United States of America and for which it stands. The freedoms, the individual rights, and the pursuit of being able to improve themselves in time.
Finally to the CORPS. Semper Fi., always faithful. To the men and women with whom one serves and depends upon. To always be there covering their back, and they covering theirs.
The rest of the Oath covers the fact that the enlisted men and women faithfully follow the orders of the OFFICE not the individual in office of the President. It confirms that the enlisted man/woman understands that for every action there is an opposite action. A responsibility for ones acts. Acts that are in some cases, may be punishable under a code of law set up specifically for those in the Military. A higher standard and stricter code of conduct. One that sets those in uniform accountable on and off duty, with responsibilities that the average citizen does not have to conform to.