One topic that came in conversation while I was in Washington was the Oath of Office.
I asked the question, "Cadets, have an oath. There is an Oath of Application. Why is it that we don't ask CAP Officers to take an oath when they are appointed?"
The answer was, "Sometimes we do."
My head cocked to one side faster than the roll rate of an F-22.
It turns out that CAP Officers get sworn in all the time. But I've just never seen it. (I guess only the top brass ever think to ask about it.) Gosh I hope I'm not violating OPSEC or something by actually telling people about this! (I kid! I kid!)
There's actually precedent for this!
We all strive for professionalism and excellence. This would be a good way to get folks focused on the real responsibility we take on when we don the uniform. We're now being told to think of ourselves not as just Members, but as Officers. So we should be taking an Oath when we're promoted.
Here's what I think it should read.
I, (Full Name) having been appointed a (Rank) in the Civil Air Patrol, 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 upon which I am about to enter, SO HELP ME GOD.
I suggest when we promote anyone to 2nd Lieutenant or above, that we stand them up in front of a flag, and we have the appointee raise their right hand and take the Oath.
The Oath of Application on the back of the CAPF-12 just doesn't cut it.
I am a member of AOPA. I'm an officer in the CAP.