The Infantryman's Creed is a poem that outlines the beliefs of people who serve in the infantry branch of the United States Army. The verse begins with the declaration, " I am the Infantry. I am my country's strength in war. Her deterrent in peace. I am the heart of the fight." Toward its conclusion, the creed enumerates its pledge for infantrymen, "I forsake not... my country, my mission, my comrades, my sacred duty."
While its origin and authorship are difficult to ascertain, it is clear that several generations of infantrymen have learned and recited this creed, claiming its values and obligations as their own. Reciting the creed stakes claim to the high values enumerated within it, including courage, determination, honor and morality. The poem ends with the infantry branch motto, "Follow me."
Established in 1775, the infantry branch consists of soldiers trained for front-line battle operations. The six types of infantry include light infantry, airborne, air assault, Ranger, Stryker and mechanized infantry.
Light infantry companies equipped with rifles travel on foot or by mechanized transport. Ranger and airborne units often use parachutes to insert into battle areas. Stryker companies are assigned to heavier transport vehicles, and mechanized infantry use heavy-duty armored vehicles. Air assault teams are paired with aviation units for large air assault missions.