Military Separation Policy
You'll then be briefed on the Military's Separation Policy:
As military members, you occupy a unique position in society. You represent the military establishment. This special status brings with it the responsibility to uphold and maintain the dignity and high standards of the U.S. Armed Forces at all times and in all places. The Armed Forces must also be ready at all times for Worldwide deployment. This fact carries with it the requirement for military units and their members to possess high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and cohesion. As a result, military laws, rules, customs, and traditions include restrictions on your personal behavior that may be different from civilian life. Members of the Armed Forces may be involuntarily separated before their enlistment or term of service ends for various reasons established by law and military regulations.
Some unacceptable conduct may be grounds for involuntary separation, such as:
- You establish a pattern of disciplinary infractions, discreditable involvement with civil or military authorities or you cause dissent, or disrupt or degrade the mission of your unit. This may also include conduct of any nature that would bring discredit on the Armed Forces in the view of the civilian community.
- Because of parental responsibilities, you are unable to perform your duties satisfactorily or you are unavailable for worldwide assignment or deployment.
- You fail to meet the weight control standards.
Although we have not and will not ask you whether you are a heterosexual, or a homosexual, or a bisexual, you should be aware that homosexual acts, statements that demonstrate a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts, and homosexual marriages or attempted marriages are grounds for discharge from the Armed Forces.
This means that if you do one of the following, you could be involuntarily separated before your term of services ends:
- Homosexual acts. You engage in, attempt to engage in, or solicit another to engage in a homosexual act or acts. A homosexual act means touching a person of your same sex or allowing such a person to touch you for the purpose of satisfying sexual desires. (For example, hand-holding or kissing, or other physical contact of a sexual nature.)
- Homosexual statements. You make a statement that demonstrates a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts. This may include a statement by you that you are a homosexual or bisexual, or words to that effect. It also may include behavior that a reasonable person would believe was intended to convey the statement that you are a homosexual or bisexual.
- Homosexual marriage. You marry or attempt to marry a person of your same sex. You will not necessarily be discharged if you do or say these things solely to end your military service. You may, however, be disciplined.
The Armed Forces do not tolerate harassment or violence against any service member, for any reason.
The Oath of Enlistment
Following the pre-accession interview, and the separations policy briefing, you'll receive a pre-oath briefing (how to stand at attention, bending your elbow at a 90 degree angle, etc). You're then ready to take the active duty oath. Once you take the oath, you are on active duty. You are an active duty member of the United States Military.
Family and friends are certainly welcome to attend the oath ceremony. Usually, picture-taking is not allowed during the actual ceremony, but the folks at MEPS are glad to "stage" the ceremony afterwards for picture-taking. If you have lots of family and friends attending, it is sometimes possible to arrange a private ceremony, during which it is permissible to video-tape the entire ceremony.