What Are Army General Orders?

There are three U.S. Army general orders: "I will guard everything within the limits of my post and quit my post only when properly relieved"; "I will obey my special orders and perform all my duties in a military manner"; and "I will report violation of my general orders, emergencies and anything not covered in my instructions to the commander of the relief." Recruits memorize general orders during boot camp.

In addition to general orders, the U.S. Army prepares soldiers by defining Army values, warrior ethos, the soldier's creed, the non-commissioned officer's creed, the ranger creed and the Army civilian-corps creed. It also has an Army song and a cadet song, an oath of enlistment and an oath of commissioned officers.

The Army values are loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage. The warrior ethos is to always place the mission first, never accept defeat, never quit and never leave a fallen comrade. The soldier's creed includes the points of the warrior ethos, plus such values as professionalism, being a member of a team, maintaining physical and mental fitness, maintaining arms and equipment, remaining ready to deploy, living the Army values, and guarding the American people, freedom and the American way of life.