U.S. Soldier's Creed

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The U.S. Soldier's Creed is a standard that all United States Army personnel are encouraged to adhere to. All U.S. Army enlisted personnel are taught the Soldier's Creed during basic training, and it is required knowledge at most enlisted promotion boards to compete for the rank of Sergeant and above, as well as Soldier of the Month boards.

Current Version

The current version of the Soldier's Creed is a product of the Warrior Ethos program authorized by the then Army Chief of Staff Eric K. Shinseki in May 2003.[1] It was written in part by Matt Larsen, who also founded the Army’s hand-to-hand combat program [2] and was first presented to senior Army leaders on June 7, 2003.[3]

The Soldiers Creed was approved in its current format by the next Army Chief of Staff Peter Schoomaker on the 24th of November 2003. The introduction of the Soldier's Creed kicked off a campaign known as Task Force Soldier. This is a leadership commitment to soldiers ensuring that they are prepared for combat and embody the Warrior Ethos that is contained in the Soldier's Creed[4]. It seems to have been discussed in Congress in a Hearing on Army Issues held by Senator John W. Warner on or about November 19, 2003.[citation needed] It was first published in the magazine Infantry on December 22, 2003.

U.S. Soldier's Creed
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.

Some soldiers shout hooah at the conclusion of the Soldier's Creed, but it is not included in the creed itself,

The U.S. Army Warrior Ethos has been incorporated into the Soldier's Creed and is italicized in the text above.

The U.S. Soldier's Creed in no way supersedes the Oath of Enlistment that all U.S. Service Personnel are required adhere to, wherein obedience to the U.S. Constitution is placed first and foremost ahead of the "Mission First" premise of the Soldier's Creed.

See also

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  1. Army Plans Steps to Heighten "Warrior Ethos" Washington Post, September 8, 2003 Monday
  2. Ft Benning Bayonet article
  3. [1] Leave No Man Behind: Recovering America’s Fallen Warriors Wong, Leonard, Armed Forces & Society, Vol. 31, No. 4, 599-622 (2005)
  4. SMDC - CSM Homepage