What It Means to Be an Oath Keeper

Keeping Their Oath To the Constitution

Men and women who have served in the military or in law enforcement have all taken a sworn oath to protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies, both foreign and domestic. In one form or another, all veterans and former law enforcement officers have taken this type of oath and for most of them, that oath doesn’t end and never will, even after retirement from active duty or full-time law enforcement. In fact, even politicians at nearly all levels also take this oath even though the exact wording of the oath will differ slightly. 

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Does Military Oath Expire?

With the oath that all members of the military take the day they are sworn, typically in a MEPS (short for “Military Entrance Processing Station”), there is no expiration date.  And many veterans take this oath as seriously as the day they enlisted (10, 20, 40, 50 or 75 years ago).  We have met veterans throughout the country that are still committed and “serving” even though their days of active duty or reserves are long over. 

Do Police Take An Oath to Defend the Constitution?

Yes, all law enforcement and police officers will take an oath to uphold or defend the constitution and often times it will also include the words “so help me God” at the end. 

There is even a thought leader that says police officers are today’s local physicians who still do “house calls” and also have a hippocratic oath to “do no harm.” 

The Oath of Office

The oath of office is codified at 5 U.S. Code § 3331 under the section heading “Oath of office.”

An individual, except the President, elected or appointed to an office of honor or profit in the civil service or uniformed services, shall take the following oath: “I, AB, 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; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.” This section does not affect other oaths required by law.

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Veterans In North Carolina Finding a Home With the State Defense Forces

North Carolina State Defense Force (NCSDF) is a pro-government, pro-law enforcement, non-partisan association of current and formerly serving military, police, and first responders, who pledge to fulfill the oath all military and police take to “defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” That oath, mandated by Article VI of the Constitution itself, is to the Constitution, not to politicians. We value community safety, and believe every member of our communities throughout the state of North Carolina have a constitutional right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness without fear of violence or anarchy. We value community and NCSDF members swear to help their communities in times of need.

The NC State Defense Force is a strong and growing all volunteer civic organization, providing civilian readiness training. We are postured for effective responses to natural disasters, search and rescue objectives, security needs, and aim to support law enforcement, EMS and Emergency Management personnel when needed or required.  NCSDF members bring a wealth of experience, training and resources to bear in times of civic need. We are an active, diverse membership who share a passion to serve our communities and defend our civil liberties.

The dual mission of the NC State Defense Force is to provide an organized, trained, disciplined, rapid response volunteer team (CERT) to assist citizens, state and local government agencies or civil relief organizations during emergencies or natural disasters AND to ensure the welfare, freedom and safety of North Carolina citizens serving in support and defense of the United States Constitution.

NCSDF has a steadfast purpose to help ensure the safety of the communities they stand guard in, assist local and federal law enforcement when needed or requested and assist their communities in times of emergencies or disasters.

We value readiness and preparation and encourage every member to become actively involved in furthering their knowledge, skills and certifications. FEMA training and certifications, CPR and basic life support, communications, disaster preparedness, threat awareness, public safety, cyber safety and many like this are just a few examples of the type of education and training NCSDF helps facilitate for its members. 

NCSDF reaches out to both active duty and veterans to remind them of their oaths, to teach them more about the Constitution they swore to defend, and to inspire them to defend it, especially here in America, on US soil. NCSDF also includes a membership program designated as “Associate Members”, which consists of patriotic citizens who have not served in uniform but who serve now by supporting this mission with their Associate Membership and volunteer activities. NCSDF welcomes our Associate Members as valued members and appreciates their support of our mission.

NCSDF specifically denounces anti-government, anti-law enforcement and hate speech of all types – whether categorized as “far-right” or “far-left” including members of white-supremacist groups, Boogaloo Bois, PNW Youth Liberation Front, Redneck Revolt, John Brown Gun Club, ANTIFA, BLM, and other domestic terrorist groups who aim to sow hate, anarchy, destruction and/or terrorize American communities with acts of intimidation or threats of violence.

Becoming a Member of NCSDF

All NCSDF members must apply for membership and submit to a thorough background check prior to admission into NCSDF. This website is for members of the NCSDF and collaborating patriot groups throughout North Carolina who share a common goal to preserve freedom, liberty and Constitutional rights for citizens of North Carolina and the United States, regardless of race, color, religion or ethnicity.

Prior military experience is not required, although approximately 50 percent or more of active members have prior service experience of one form or another. If you are interested in JOINING NCSDF or connecting with your local county chapter, please complete the membership form on the NCSDF membership join page if you are interested in upholding your oath with a group of patriots that work together to help serve and protect their North Carolina communities. 

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