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Doing Your Duty: Thirteen Camp Pendleton-based Marines Detained for Human Smuggling

Updated: Oct 4, 2019


Military Duty and the UCMJ

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.


You may have read the recent new articles or seen the news about 13 Marines that have been charged in human smuggling operations. LA Times Article: 13 Camp Pendleton Marines charged in human smuggling operation 20 Sept 2019


Now we all know that everyone to include military members are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Well, no issues here concerning that. They must have their day in military court for these charges. I hope that this is all a great big misunderstanding and they did not do as they have been charged. But, when you choose a military life, then you have made commitments, those commitments are to the military, the country, the Constitution and more importantly, to yourself. If you violate the UCMJ (Uniformed Code of Military Justice), you can and will face the piper. You are not doing your duty!


No one supports military members more than we do at Military Shout-Out. Having served for over 21-years in the US Army, my heart is with all that serve and have served. If these Marines are found guilty of these charges, then it is a black eye on them, but I would not say for all that serve or have served. However, there are those people out there that do not support the military, you know who they are, and they look upon those that do serve in the military with distain and will use an incident like this to tar & feather everyone who serves in the military. As a soldier, you shall not bring disgrace upon yourself, the military or the country, do your duty.


As a United States soldier, you swore an oath that: 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. This now means you have a duty to follow the UCMJ. Duty is a powerful word, even today. As a great American military leader once said “Do your duty in all things, like the old Puritan. You cannot do more; you should never wish to do less.” Robert E. Lee. If these Marines are convicted, then they will have to face the piper and serve their sentences. No issues again. They did not do their duty to the Marine Corps, their fellow Marines, their oath and to the country.


As a soldier, you made a commitment, a powerful commitment at that. One that you are expected to live to. So, live to it! If you are new to the military or are thinking of joining the military, then always remember, you are making a commitment or already have made that commitment and you have a duty to live to that commitment. Remember to, always do your duty in all things that you do as a soldier.


Semper Fi - "always faithful" "always loyal".


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