‘So help me God’ restored as mandatory part of Air Force oath


A carved copy of the Honors Oath at the Air Force Academy, without the phrase “So help me God.” That phrase is once again causing controversy for the Air Force. (Contributed photo/Air Force)Leada Gore | lgore@al.com 

A year after an airman at Maxwell Air Force Base was allowed to take an oath without saying “so help me God,” the Air Force has quietly reversed course and once again made the phrase mandatory.

“Reciting ‘So help me God’ in the reenlistment and commissioning oaths is a statutory requirement under Title 10 U.S.C. §502,” Air Force spokesperson Rose Richeson told Military.com, adding that Air Force Instruction on the oath is consistent with the language mandated in the law.

“Airmen are no longer authorized to omit the words ‘So help me God’,” she said.

Written by Leada Gore | lgore@al.com
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