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The Pledge of Allegiance

Recently, I was forwarded a video of Red Skelton's "Pledge of Allegiance" short. I remember back to my days as a cub scout, one of the tasks (were they called merit points or something of the likes?) in our book was to discuss the meaning of our Pledge of Allegiance with an adult.  I can still remember talking with my Dad about our Pledge.  I don't remember the exact conversation we had, but I can still picture being on the patio outside our basement walkout door.  Dad was doing some yard work Read more [...]

In the system

After swearing in, I have been working with my Officer Recruiter and Officer Processor, still, to get all the administrative tasks out of the way.  These things have included enrolling me in DEERS and getting my pay set up. First I had to wait for my official orders, which were more or less "be cool, stay in school".  My orders stated that I was to remain in contact with my OR and finish up my degree as stated in my contract.  No worries, I'm ready to be done! After I received my orders, Read more [...]

Swearing In

On October 7th, 2009 ... I raised my right hand ... I, Jason Pawlak, do solemnly swear 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; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God Then signed a gigantic stack of papers Read more [...]

Finding My Opinions

Once upon a time I lived a very sheltered life.  This time I refer to as ... High School. This sheltered time was not due to any harsh restrictions set on by my parents, but more my own blinders that I had set on my own path.  My eyes were set on music and the notes were all I could see.  My days and nights year round were filled with so many ensembles that rehearsed daily, weekly, or one week a year, life was busy. When hanging out with friends, we were all like minded.  We didn't drink Read more [...]