Gen. Milley: 'We take an oath to the Constitution'

The words spoken by America's top military officer, Gen. Mark Milley, carried a familiar ring, but in the midst of a chaotic week at the Pentagon, they were particularly poignant. (Nov. 12)

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MARK MILLEY: But we can come here. We can see the relics and hear the stories through the eyes and the voices of the individual soldiers who endured so much for the cause of freedom, and their unrelenting devotion to the Constitution of the United States, the moral north star for all of us in uniform. It is that document that gives purpose to our service. It is that document that gives purpose to this museum. And we, in uniform, are willing to die to pass it on to the next generation.

In it are the ideas and the values that make up this experiment called the United States of America. And the motto of the United States Army for over 200 years since 14, June, 1775, the motto has been this we will defend. And that this refers to the Constitution and to protect the liberty of the American people.

You see, we are unique among armies. We are unique among militaries. We do not take an oath to a king, or queen, a tyrant, or a dictator. We do not take an oath to an individual.

No, we do not take an oath to a country, a tribe, or religion. We take an oath to the Constitution. And every soldier that is represented in this museum, every sailor, airmen, marine, coast guardsmen, each of us will protect and defend that document regardless of personal price.