ACADEMY OATH PROJECT
“The oath you are about to take is your North Star.”
– General Mark Milley, CJCS, Graduation Address to the Class of 2021
The cadets and faculty of the Academy Oath Project believe oath education and education on civil-military relations norms need a stronger emphasis at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Cadets and faculty work together to foster a democracy ethos to create a better understanding of the professional obligations of cadets and future officers.
Our mission is to cultivate a program to institutionalize, educate, and train all cadets on the Oath of Commissioning and civil-military relations norms to foster a deeper understanding of military service in a democracy.
The project applies in depth knowledge of constitutional principles to enhance Academy rituals surrounding the administration of the oath and develops educational and training experiences for use in the curriculum as well as in professional military training.
While cadets may understand the dos and don’ts of appropriate civil-military relations, they don’t always understand the WHY. The Academy Oath Project Club is created by cadets for cadets. The AOP Club is the best way to connect with peers and begin building a military steeped in a democracy ethos that is ready for future conflict.
The Academy Oath Project enhances ceremonies where the Oath is administered by including language that explains the history and meaning of the Oath. Cadets are available to participate in this portion of the ceremony or AOP can suggest verbiage for inclusion into ceremony scripts. AOP has participated in Induction Day (I-Day) ceremonies for BCT and promotion and re-enlistment ceremonies. AOP language has also been adopted for USAFA’s commissioning ceremonies, convocation, and graduation.
The Academy Oath Project is making tangible and impactful strides to achieve our mission. From introducing oath education in Basic Cadet Training to being the focal point for civics education within the Cadet Wing, the Academy Oath Project is even working with our sister service academies and ROTC to help them create similar programs.
Dr. Marybeth Ulrich, Faculty Director
Sydney Fitch, Cadet in Charge
Micah Stark, Assistant Cadet in Charge