Tuesday, December 18, 2007

On Location: Re-enlisting Soldiers

When a Soldier chooses to re-enlist, the unwritten rule is he can choose the location of the re-enlistment ceremony. This is within reason, of course. Often this prerogative is not exercised. Of late, we've witnessed a few ceremonies where the location adds some novelty. As mentioned in a previous post below, the decision to extend one's contract is no light matter for a Soldier and his family. It often includes a choice of duty station or military school opportunity and a bonus--which, if a Soldier re-enlists in theater, is tax-free. Sergeant First Class Smith is our Battalion Re-enlistment NCO. He works with the Army to help Soldiers get the best options for their respective specialties. Sometimes he goes out with us to visit Soldiers, and every once in while, to conduct a ceremony.

A few of the ceremonies we've witnessed lately include four Alpha Company Soldiers who re-enlisted on the beach of Lake Habaniya, just outside JSS Sedgwick (pictured above). They asked their commander, Captain Ralls to re-enlist them. Their platoon and a few others were their to support them. Captain Chris Haun re-enlisted some of his Soldiers at Hurricane Point recently. We walked out to the steps that descend into the Eurphates River. The previous week, Lieutenant McKinney re-enlisted a Soldier and NCO in his platoon. This week SGT Dutan of our Fox Company, asked me to administer to him the re-enlistment oath; it was only my third time doing so. We held the ceremony outside the chapel. The oath follows: "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." (Title 10, US Code; Act of 5 May 1960 replacing the wording first adopted in 1789, with amendment effective 5 October 1962).













3 comments:

Chaplain Mark Olson said...

Ch. Kline - Thanks for your interesting musings and informative blogs. They have been a great blessing to me for over a year now. I share many connections with you including central Florida, Ch. Fary, and the chaplaincy. What a blessing it is to have someone ahead of me on this road that points the way and sets the standard! God bless you as you continue to bring Jesus to soldiers and soldiers to Jesus.

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