The Associated Press reports that the Air Force Academy has made it official. Cadets are no longer required to say “So help me God” at the end of the Oath of Honor. The oath is taken upon entry to the academy after boot camp.
Following a complaint by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, an advocacy group, school officials confirmed Friday that the words are now optional.
Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson says the change was made to respect cadets’ freedom of religion.
The oath states, ‘We will not lie, steal or cheat, nor tolerate among us anyone who does. Furthermore, I resolve to do my duty and to live honorably, so help me God.’
The school outside Colorado Springs has approximately 4,000 cadets. Upon graduation, they enter the Air Force with the commission of second lieutenant.