Meridian brothers take the military oath of enlistment together before the youngest ships out

Posted at 11:42 AM, Jan 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-03 11:56:40-05

MERIDIAN — The Miller brothers from Meridian raised their right hands Wednesday and took the military oath of enlistment, signifying the beginning of their military career.

Jonathan, Jeremiah and Micah all joined the U.S. Army within three weeks of each other. It was a story we brought you last week.

The oath of enlistment reads: "I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) 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."

The Miller brothers will each attend Basic Training at a different base -- and then venture into the unknown thereafter.

The boys say they are proud to represent Idaho and serve their country. "Honestly, it is a surreal experience," said Micah Miller. "It is just an honor and a privilege to defend the flag and other people's freedoms. It is my privilege to serve."

However, the oath of enlistment also comes with a mix of emotions from the Miller's proud father, Jeffery, who will have to say goodbye to his children in the coming days.

"I'm humbled to be their father," said Miller. "As a parent, you kind of learn that you have actually done your job -- because you have helped them become independent thinkers, and be upstanding young men. But at the same time, you realize that comes at a personal loss."