It’s no joke. This is the stuff of Leavenworth and Gitmo. Veterans are running from the VFW and American Legion to take refuge with the Oddfellows, Elks, Moose, and Freemasons.
The executive power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. …; he shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed, and shall commission all the officers of the United States.Article II | U.S. Constitution | US Law
You see, so-called “non-commissioned officers” exist within the U.S. military.
A non-commissioned officer (e.g., a sergeant) is outranked by all commissioned officers. However, he or she can command the enlisted personnel, privates, corporals and lower-ranked sergeants under his or her command.WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?: ENLISTED VS OFFICER
To “commission” an officer is to formally swear him or her into office, and to charge him or her with official duties in connection with that office.
The situation is absurd, and more so than simply an abuse of language.
A “commissioned officer” with “non-commissioned officers” under his or her command is in violation of a formally sworn and recognized oath of office.
The so-called “non-commissioned officers” then claim a certain level of military rank, and draw military payroll — as officers — without the proper acknowledgement of a sworn duty or commission of office, which remains subject to the discretion of the so-called “commissioned officers” but outside the Constitution.
These “non-commissioned officers” (or NCOs as they are sometimes called) are like civilian police officers handcuffing people and seizing their property “above and beyond” official duties, without a warrant and without probable cause.
All members of the U.S. armed forces, including enlisted men, are sworn in and formally charged with certain duties in connection with military service. It is wrong to accept or achieve a promotion in rank to an official level, while denying the formal duty or commission of that office.
It is my feeling that anyone who draws military payroll in the United States, or has access to military command or resources, needs to be properly commissioned and sworn to the duties of military service or office in pursuance of the Constitution of the United States of America.