My Rifle is My Life – The Creed of a U.S. Marine.
The mission of the United States Marine Corps is to make Marines and win battles. Marines know that the only thing which stands between them and Death is their rifle.
The rifle is a Marine’s life, their best friend, and without their rifle they are useless. This conviction and faith are instilled deeply in every Marine. One way of instilling this timeless principle is by remembering and reciting the creed of a U.S. Marine – This is My Rifle.
“This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine.
My rifle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.
My rifle, without me, is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless. I must fire my rifle true. I must shoot straighter than my enemy who is trying to kill me. I must shoot him before he shoots me. I will …
My rifle and myself know that what counts in this war is not the rounds we fire, the noise of our burst, nor the smoke we make. We know that it is the hits that count. We will hit….
My rifle is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its sights and its barrel. I will ever guard it against the ravages of weather and damage as I will ever guard my legs, my arms, my eyes and my heart against damage. I will keep my rifle clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will….
Before God, I swear this creed. My rifle and myself are the defenders of my country. We are the masters of our enemy. We are the saviors of my life.
So be it, until victory is America’s and there is no enemy, but peace!!”