Teenage Enlistee Negates Oath of Enlistment With Fingers Crossed Behind Back armydave September 16, 2012 Army 33 Comments Follow Duffel Blog: NEW ORLEANS, LA – Earlier today, Private Jackson Smith took the oath of enlistment, which would make him a proud soldier in the United States Army. But the joke is on Smith’s superiors because he secretly crossed his fingers behind his back as he recited the hallowed words – thereby nullifying anything he was promising to do. “I had some second thoughts, and well, the recruiter was just pressuring me so hard. It was kind hard to tell him no. I figured I would just cross my fingers, and after SSG Grant dropped me off at my house that afternoon, I just wouldn’t return his phone calls anymore,” Smith said as he sat in a bean bag chair and “merced noobs in Call of Duty.” “Boom, Head-shot!” he added. The practice of crossing one’s fingers to negate a promise has roots deep in English common law. This practice, long recognized by the courts, was brought over during the colonization of the eastern seaboard and has stuck ever since. Smith began his ordeal four months ago, after he had successfully completed his GED. The seventeen year-old was wandering around the mall, looking to buy some gnarly Tap Out gear in celebration, when he stumbled into the local recruiting station. Smith, head down and turning his foot back and forth on its toe, asked about the possibility of enlisting. That was when he ran into recruiter SSG Jed Grant. “I gave him the usual spiel. You know: duty, honor, country – that type of thing. But honestly, kids don’t really go for that these days. Instead, I usually just tell them they’ll never see combat and get a $30,000 sign-on bonus. That and the college stuff, of course,” said Grant. Smith sat down with Grant for two hours and discussed the possibility of enlistment. First and foremost on the recruiter’s mind was the lofty standards the Army places on new recruits. “You got any felonies?” asked Grant. “No convictions.” replied Smith. Without further ado, Grant slammed a comically large stamp on an Army enlistment form which left the statement “acceptable,” in green ink. The next hour and fifty eight minutes were spent discussing hot chicks and awesome guns. The next week, Grant called Smith to follow up. “He told me that he set up an appointment for me to take the ASVAB. To be honest, I wasn’t sure who he was, because I was good and fucked up. But, I decided to head down there because my friends were being real douchey anyway,” said Smith. Smith’s best friend and confidant, Harold Williams said, “He wouldn’t shut the fuck up about the Army. I mean, he would be acting all hard when we played Call of Duty – like pretending to know what weapon was what. It was getting real annoying.” On his third ASVAB attempt, while being whispered answers through an ear piece by Grant, Smith finally got a score high enough to enlist. At this point, things got serious. Smith was shuffled around various offices to talk to different people in strange uniforms. He was told to sign this or that, and at one point, was instructed to throw a dart at a board which had fifteen sticky notes attached to it. One note said Military Police, the rest –Infantry. After the dart hit, Smith was christened a soon-to-be Military Policeman. Afterward, Smith was pushed into a small room with a couple different flags in the corner. “Some guy walked in. He was eating a honey bun with one hand and carried a piece of paper in the other. I mean, he was going to town on that honey bun.” said Smith. “Then he said, ‘raise your right hand and repeat after me.’ That’s when I knew that I was in big trouble.” The practice of raising one’s hand to give an oath is directly related to the custom of crossing one’s fingers to get out of one. If someone raises their hand, theoretically, everyone can see that the fingers are not crossed. Therefore, everyone can trust the oath took effect. But, Smith cleverly crossed the fingers on his left hand. “It was just a bit of quick thinking. You don’t get through the Murbury County Community College GED program in only four weeks if you aren’t quick on the uptake, you know?” Smith said and tapped his temple with his forefinger to emphasize that point. After the ceremony, Smith quietly rode home with Grant. Two months have passed and Grant is still less than pleased. “Well, I’m not very happy about it, to tell you the truth,” said Recruiting officer SSG Jed Grant. “I thought the whole crossing fingers was something five year-olds did. Who knew, right?” The Army is now exploring the possibility of having enlistees raise both hands during the oath but naysayers have complained that it gives the impression that new soldiers are “being taken hostage.” Don't miss the next story.Get the latest news and alerts from Duffel Blog delivered to your inbox—free. Short URL: http://duffelblog.com/Fby4F Dudley Toelke says: April 16, 2014 at 1:24 AM Damned! Who knew? Lorene Ordal says: April 16, 2014 at 1:24 AM New Soldiers aren’t being taken hostage? Josh Noble says: April 16, 2014 at 1:24 AM Sheesh, all you gotta do is say you’re having suicidal thoughts. Michael Hasbun says: April 16, 2014 at 1:24 AM LOL… damn loopholes =o). Clark Tucker says: April 16, 2014 at 1:24 AM I was going to point out that 25 is far from being a teenager…but I didn’t want to be that guy. George Runkle III says: April 16, 2014 at 1:24 AM Funny! Sad at the same time because this article has a ring of truth to it. Rodney O. Carter says: April 16, 2014 at 1:24 AM What happened to standing at the position of attention when swearing in??? That recrecruiting station sucks! Gary Lee Brubaker says: April 16, 2014 at 1:24 AM That last line of the story was hilarious! Tim Malcuit says: April 16, 2014 at 1:24 AM In boot camp up at Pendleton when 9/11 happens. As we were watching a compilation of news reports later that night this kid to the left of me says,”I joined for the college money.” My reply? “You joined the MARINES for college money? Pussy.” Matthew Medeiros says: April 16, 2014 at 1:24 AM So everyone is bashing this kid but what about the SSG giving ASVAB answers through an ear piece??? That’s just as bad as when I have seen leadership handing out answers to correspondence courses back in the day… Fked up leadership leads to fked up soldiers. Mickey Rambo McSwain says: April 16, 2014 at 1:24 AM Damn, I had to “cross my heart and hope to die, stick a needle in my eye” when I enlisted… Gabriel MuddyRoots Martinez says: April 16, 2014 at 1:24 AM I hope everybody on here KNOWS that everything on Duffleblog is fake! For fun reading! If not…and you actually beleive this, your pretty much a retard. Don Bradshaw says: April 16, 2014 at 1:24 AM the pussy kid needs to stick with call of duty. he doesn’t have the nut sack to be a part of this club. Nancy González Hernández says: April 16, 2014 at 1:24 AM I don’t understand why the Army is mad at this kid… it is common knowledge that crossing your fingers behind you nullifies everything you give your word to. Shame on the army. Lee Highsmith says: April 16, 2014 at 1:24 AM It’s amazing how many people think the stories on here are true! Future Senior NCOs… Edwin Cahill Jr. says: April 16, 2014 at 1:24 AM My oath has no expiration date, not funny, not even a little. Honesty I would like to curb stomp both their ballsacks anode that SSG needs a good beating, no wonder we are getting dum Fucks like this, with that kind of integrity, it really give the Army a bad name! La-a says: September 18, 2012 at 10:09 AM Sad thing is.Abunch of dipshits just like this kid are now in the Army Kevin P. McQuade says: September 17, 2012 at 7:00 AM SALUTE! Me tinkles NOT CUZME NO SQUAT 2P! LT!! LT IS ALL RIGHT NOW UZIE GISE stop bacon diss ol NCO chew on DA O’S so. DUFFLE BLOG RULES A FAN KPMcQ says: September 17, 2012 at 9:50 AM LT & ALL DB’RRZ plz 2 no’Titsss VIP( very import post ) regarding greenie Barrett WHORE MOANeries RePORT! KPMcQ w/latest troll poll resultz ass da FIST EVERITE’ees ERRRGH a bout TA TA BEGGIN! 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I could have went to college for free and not had to serve? That is one crafty teenager… Kevin P. McQuade says: September 16, 2012 at 4:18 PM I SWEAR I’m not gonna say A FT! KPMcQ BDFB mumblz giberrator amen. run tell DAT! steven says: September 16, 2012 at 10:19 AM My next re-enlistment will be performed via the “pinky swear”.