New Citizens Can Now Skip Oath to Defend the U.S.

By Published on July 23, 2015

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Tuesday that it will no longer require incoming U.S. citizens to declare that they will bear arms on behalf of the United States, as stipulated in the Oath of Allegiance.

USCIS said new citizens may exclude phrases for reasons related to “religious training” or if they have a conscientious objection, including the phrase, “I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law.”


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