THE SOLDIERS CREED

THE SOLDIERS CREED

GUARDIAN OF FREEDOM

The Soldiers Creed is a standard by which all United States Army personnel are encouraged to live. All U.S. Army enlisted personnel are taught the Soldiers Creed during basic training, and recite the creed in public ceremonies at the conclusion of training. Both the Soldiers Creed and the Noncommissioned Officer’s Creed are required knowledge at enlisted promotion boards to compete for the rank of sergeant and above, as well as ‘Soldier of the Month’ boards. It is also common practice to recite the Soldiers Creed at the graduation ceremony from Army ROTC. Unlike the United States Uniformed Services Oath of Office or the Oath of Enlistment, the Soldiers Creed can be affirmed by both Army officers and soldiers.

I am an American Soldier.
I am a Warrior and a member of a team.
I serve the people of the United States, and live the Army Values.
I will always place the mission first.
I will never accept defeat.
I will never quit.
I will never leave a fallen comrade.
I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills.
I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself.
I am an expert and I am a professional.
I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy, the enemies of the United States of America in close combat.
I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.
I am an American Soldier.