For those of you unfamiliar with army enlistments, you go to a processing station called MEPS. If everything goes smoothly, you sign a contract that ensures when you ship out (could be weeks or months in the future). You also swear an oath. This puts you in delayed entry program, or DEP. Then, when that ship date you agreed upon arrives, you go back to MEPS, and swear the oath a second time.
The contract has wording which claims to be binding, and has intimidating words to make you think you have no choice. However, the actual laws in place and how these laws are carried out pretty much nullify that, and if you change your mind in DEP, they let you go (nobody has been prosecuted or forced to go in nearly thirty years). It’s the second oath that’s legally binding (that’s when rules of AWOL and dessertion apply). However, dropping out does mean you wasted people’s time, since it takes a lot of paperwork to get you through.
Now, I’ve already signed into DEP. I was in an emotional state, and I was kinda rushed into making a decision without thinking. I was basically running away from my problems. I’m not so sure I’m fit to join the army anymore or if it’s good for me to sign up. I’m set to go in a month, and I’m still batting it back and forth, time is running out. Legally, I’m pretty sure I’d be OK, even if my recruiter won’t like it. But what about morally? Part of the oath you take involves swearing to God that you’ll defend the Consitution, etc. Would it be a really bad sin to go back on an oath sworn to God?