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US soldier is a PRIVATE volunteer and has the right not to obey an order and many of them have done it.
Nobody will kill them for that but they will support the normal consequences.
Very inaccurate. A soldier is bound by the UCMJ, which states all soldiers are bound to obey all LAWFUL orders, and if they do not, they can be punished up to and including being shot by a firing squad. They can refuse to obey what they consider an UNLAWFUL order, but they will be required to defend their assertion that the order was unlawful at Court Martial, and if the court finds the order was indeed lawful, then they are again liable for the same punishment. Any army where the soldiers have a "right not to obey an order" would soon be defeated.
While it is true that in the modern world "nobody will kill them for that", the military regulations allowing for executions have never been removed from the books, and it is well understood that if war and battle get tough enough, commanders are in their discretion to resort to harsh measures if they are deemed required. I am sure mcbear, our resident military big shot, can confirm what I have said.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address
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