What are the goals of the United States Army? I used to believe that they were woven within the oath of enlistment. Now, I am not so sure.

I, (name), 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 Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.

No one knows exactly what is in store when they sign up for the ‘big green machine.’ No matter how many books you have read or stories you’ve been told, you will never know what it is like train and fight next to another group of men until that day actually comes. The only thing that anyone knows from day one is his or her oath of enlistment…I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, both foreign and domestic.

The amount of administrative data and classes that is now required by the Army for the individual soldier to complete is staggering.