Individuals and organizations are defined by the words they know, use and profess. A creed is as set of fundamental beliefs. It is a confession of who we are, what we believe and our statement of purpose. Creeds are powerful.
The Marine Corps mid-level enlisted bear tremendous responsibility for accomplishing the mission. Just as important, they are obligated to the care and success of the Marines they lead.
The Non-Commissioned Office or NCO plays a unique role within the Marine Corps. They are the frontline of the profession. They represent USMC values, behaviors, and characters to the most junior ranks everyday.
NCO’s are the voice of the enlisted force, informing senior leaders’ decisions with candor and openness.
They have chosen the uncommon life; a life of service and sacrifice, grounded in our sacred oath to lead Marines and defend the Constitution.
This is their creed:
“I am the backbone of the United States Marine Corps, I am a Marine Non-Commissioned Officer.
I serve as part of the vital link between my commander (and all officers) and enlisted Marines. I will never forget who I am or what I represent.
I will challenge myself to the limit and be ever attentive to duty. I am now, more than ever, committed to excellence in all that I do, so that I can set the proper example for other Marines.
I will demand of myself all the energy, knowledge and skills I possess, so that I can instill confidence in those I teach. I will constantly strive to perfect my own skills and to become a good leader.
Above all I will be truthful in all I say or do. My integrity shall be impeccable as my appearance. I will be honest with myself, with those under my charge and with my superiors.
I pledge to do my best to incorporate all the leadership traits into my character. For such is the heritage I have received from that long, illustrious line of professionals who have worn the Bloodstripe so proudly before me.
I must give the very best I have for my Marines, my Corps and my Country for though today I instruct and supervise in peace, tomorrow, I may lead in war.”