The Oath of Enlistment The wordings of the current oath of enlistment and oath for commissioned officers are as follows: "I, _____, 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." "I, _____, having been appointed an officer in the Army of the United States, as indicated above in the grade of _____ do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservations or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; So help me God." http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/faq/oaths.htm The Oath of Citizenship An Oath of Citizenship is an oath taken by immigrants that officially naturalizes immigrants into citizens. It is often the final step in this process, and is usually done in a ceremonial capacity. An oath of citizenship is designed to be a statement of loyalty and patriotism to the new country. In countries which retain a monarchical system of government, an oath of allegiance to the monarch is often required as well. Adding an oath to God to the end of an oath is usually optional. I (insert name) hereby declare on oath that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by law; that I will perform non-combatant service in the armed forces of the United States when required by law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by law; and that I will take this obligation freely and without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion. So help me God. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oath_of_citizenship_(United_States) The Voters First Pledge In June, the Voters First Pledge was sent to all candidates running for the House of Representatives and the Senate in the 2006 elections. In 2006, American voters are demanding real change that goes beyond empty slogans. To ensure that Congress is accountable to voters, we urge all candidates to sign the Voters First Pledge. By signing below, I pledge to put voters before lobbyists by supporting legislation to: 1. Make Elections Fair. Establish and enforce campaign spending limits by providing a set amount of public funding for all candidates who agree to take no private contributions. 2. Restore Accountability. Pass and enforce meaningful new restrictions on gifts and travel from lobbyists and other powerful interests for members of Congress. 3. Protect Voters’ Right-To-Know. Require full disclosure on the internet of all lobbyists’ contributions and any fundraising help members of Congress get from lobbyists. http://www.votersfirstpledge.org/ The Hippocratic Oath The Hippocratic Oath is an oath traditionally taken by physicians pertaining to the ethical practice of medicine. It is widely believed that the oath was written by Hippocrates, the father of medicine, in the 4th century BC, or by one of his students. I swear by Apollo Physician and Asclepius and Hygieia and Panaceia and all the gods and goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I will fulfill according to my ability and judgment this oath and this covenant: To hold him who has taught me this art as equal to my parents and to live my life in partnership with him, and if he is in need of money to give him a share of mine, and to regard his offspring as equal to my brothers in male lineage and to teach them this art - if they desire to learn it - without fee and covenant; to give a share of precepts and oral instruction and all the other learning to my sons and to the sons of him who has instructed me and to pupils who have signed the covenant and have taken an oath according to the medical law, but no one else. I will apply dietetic measures for the benefit of the sick according to my ability and judgment; I will keep them from harm and injustice. I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody who asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect. Similarly I will not give to a woman an abortive remedy. In purity and holiness I will guard my life and my art. I will not use the knife, not even on sufferers from stone, but will withdraw in favor of such men as are engaged in this work. Whatever houses I may visit, I will come for the benefit of the sick, remaining free of all intentional injustice, of all mischief and in particular of sexual relations with both female and male persons, be they free or slaves. What I may see or hear in the course of the treatment or even outside of the treatment in regard to the life of men, which on no account one must spread abroad, I will keep to myself, holding such things shameful to be spoken about. If I fulfill this oath and do not violate it, may it be granted to me to enjoy life and art, being honored with fame among all men for all time to come; if I transgress it and swear falsely, may the opposite of all this be my lot. Monastic Vows Benedictines sing this verse three times, with hands raised in supplication and self-offering, after we have pronounced our vows and signed our vow statement on the altar as a sign of our consecration to God. The verse means "Accept me, O Lord, according to your word, and I shall live; and do not disappoint me in my hope." We make three vows: obedience, stability, and fidelity to the monastic way of life. By the vow of obedience, we commit ourselves to strive to live the obedience of Jesus, who, remained obedient even unto death, death on the cross (see Philippians 2:5-11). By the vow of stability, we commit ourselves to remain in the monastery of our profession until death. By the vow of fidelity to the monastic way of life, or conversatio morum, to use the original, untranslatable Latin phrase of the Rule of St. Benedict, we commit ourselves to a lifelong pilgrimage toward that perfect love of God and neighbor which Christ urges on us in the gospel. http://www.walburga.org/com_vows.html Scout Oath Since the publication of Scouting for Boys in 1908, all Scouts and Guides around the world have taken a Scout (or Guide) promise or oath to live up to ideals of the movement, and subscribed to a Scout Law. Article II, paragraph 2: "Adherence to a Promise and Law" All members of the Scout Movement are required to adhere to a Scout Promise and Law reflecting, in language appropriate to the culture and civilization of each National Scout Organization and approved by the World Organization, the principles of Duty to God, Duty to others and Duty to self, and inspired by the Promise and Law conceived by the Founder of the Scout Movement in the following terms: The Scout Promise On my honour I promise that I will do my best— To do my duty to God and the King (or to God and my Country) To help other people at all times To obey the Scout Law. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scout_Oath Traditional Wedding Vows Groom: "[Bride’s Name], I take you to be my lawfully wedded wife. Before these witnesses I vow to love you and care for you as long as we both shall live. I take you, with all of your faults and strengths, as I offer myself to you with my faults and strengths. I will help you when you need help, and will turn to you when I need help. I choose you as the person with whom I will spend my life." Bride: "[Groom’s Name], I take you to be my lawfully wedded husband. Before these witnesses I vow to love you and care for you as long as we both shall live. I take you, with all of your faults and strengths, as I offer myself to you with my faults and strengths. I will help you when you need help, and will turn to you when I need help. I choose you as the person with whom I will spend my life." http://www.westchester-weddings.com/wedding_vows_traditional.asp The Purity Pledge Virginity pledges (or abstinence pledges) are commitments made by teenagers and young adults to refrain from sexual intercourse until marriage. They are most common in the United States, especially among Evangelical Christian denominations. On this day, I hereby choose to save sex until I am in a committed marriage relationship. Knowing this is the best choice for my health, my emotions and my spirituality, I voluntarily choose to abstain from sexual activity until my wedding night. Once I am married I will remain true to my spouse. Placing aside whatever past I may have, I make this commitment to purity and to setting high standards for my life. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginity_pledge http://www.realcommitment.org/Teens/PurityPledge.htm The Oath of Citizenship An Oath of Citizenship is an oath taken by immigrants that officially naturalizes immigrants into citizens. It is often the final step in this process, and is usually done in a ceremonial capacity. An oath of citizenship is designed to be a statement of loyalty and patriotism to the new country. In countries which retain a monarchical system of government, an oath of allegiance to the monarch is often required as well. Adding an oath to God to the end of an oath is usually optional. I, [name], do solemnly swear that I will be faithful, and bear true allegiance to the Republic of Singapore, and that I will observe the laws and be a true, loyal and faithful citizen of Singapore, so help me God. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oath_of_citizenship An Environmentalist Pledge Many people and groups use the format of the U.S. Pledge, but they change the wording to represent their own views. Here is one example that some environmentalist groups use (thanks to Jeri Pollock for sharing it): I pledge allegiance to the Earth and all the life which it supports, one planet in our care, irreplaceable, with sustenance and respect for all. http://www.readwritethink.org/lesson_images/lesson406/LookingatOtherPledges.pdf The Boulder Pledge From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Boulder Pledge is a personal promise, first coined by Roger Ebert, not to purchase anything offered through email spam. The Boulder Pledge has become one of the basic principles of the anti-spam community in an attempt to make e- mail spam less profitable. Under no circumstances will I ever purchase anything offered to me as the result of an unsolicited e-mail message. Nor will I forward chain letters, petitions, mass mailings, or virus warnings to large numbers of others. This is my contribution to the survival of the online community. The Nightingale Pledge The Nightingale Pledge was composed by Lystra Gretter, an instructor of nursing at the old Harper Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, and was first used by its graduating class in the spring of 1893. It is an adaptation of the Hippocratic Oath taken by physicians. ~~~ I solemnly pledge myself before God and in the presence of this assembly, to pass my life in purity and to practice my profession faithfully. I will abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous, and will not take or knowingly administer any harmful drug. I will do all in my power to maintain and elevate the standard of my profession, and will hold in confidence all personal matters committed to my keeping and all family affairs coming to my knowledge in the practice of my calling. With loyalty will I endeavor to aid the physician, in his work, and devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care. http://www.countryjoe.com/nightingale/pledge.htm The Graduation Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility Each year, more than one million students enter the work force. Think of the impact on our society if even a significant minority of applicants and job holders inquired about or attempted to change the ethical practices of their potential or current employers. "I _____ pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job I consider and will try to improve these aspects of any organizations for which I work." http://www.graduationpledge.org/ South African Schools Pledge In February 2008 the South African government started a public participation process to create a pledge (or oath) of allegiance to be recited daily by schoolchildren. The draft pledge was based on the preamble of the Constitution of South Africa. We the youth of South Africa Recognising the injustices of our past, Honour those who suffered and sacrificed for justice and freedom. We will respect and protect the dignity of each person, And stand up for justice We sincerely declare that we shall uphold the rights and values of our Constitution And promise to act in accordance with the duties and responsibilities that flow from these rights. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_African_schools_pledge Teetotalism Pledge The "Teetotal Pledge" or "The Pledge", of abstinence from alcohol, taken by many Catholics in the 19th and 20th centuries, in a movement started by Theobald Mathew (temperance reformer) in Ireland in 1838. We agree to abstain from all liquors of an intoxicating quality whether ale, porter, wine or ardent spirits, except as medicine. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pledge The Olympic Official’s Oath The Olympic Official's Oath was sworn for the first time in the XXth Olympiad at Munich in 1972. From 1972 onwards at each Olympics, an official or judge of the host country swears an oath. The words of which are: "In the name of all the judges, I promise that we shall officiate in these Olympic Games with complete impartiality respecting and abiding by the rules which govern them, in the true spirit of sportsmanship." http://www.mapsofworld.com/olympic-trivia/olympic-officials-oath.html I pledge to make my car a No Phone Zone. Beginning right now, I will do my part to help put an end to distracted driving by pledging the safest driving behavior I can commit to: I will not text while I am driving I will not text while driving and will use only hands-free calling if I need to speak on the phone while I am driving I will not text or use my phone while I am driving. If I need to use my phone, I will pull over to the side of the road.
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