The final step of joining the Marine Corps before departing for boot camp or Officer Candidates School is being sworn in by repeating the enlisted or officer Oath.
In the Oath, all new Marine recruits promise to defend and uphold the Constitution of the United States of America, adhere to disciplinary standards and accept orders from superiors, and vow to face the Uniform Code of Military Justice should any disputes arise.
The oath is, as follows,:
"I do solemnly swear 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."
—January 12, 2015 Photo Copyright Renee Benson. Used with permission. Omaha, Nebraska.