What is the Soldier's Creed of the U.S. Armed Forces?


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The Soldier's Creed is a standard taught to all U.S. military personnel during basic training as of 2015. It is comprised of a series of "I am" and "I will" statements that attest to the purpose and training of the soldier. It includes ideas such as never giving up, maintaining oneself physically and mentally, protecting the American way of life, being a member of a team, and standing ready to engage the enemies of the United States.

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The Soldier's Creed begins and ends with the phrase "I am an American soldier." A shout of "hooah" frequently follows the Soldier's Creed, but it is not considered part of the creed itself. Soldiers generally stand at attention while reciting the Soldier's Creed.

The U.S. Army's Warrior Ethos has been integrated into most official representations of the Soldier's Creed, explaining what the soldier "will" do as a soldier rather than explaining what a soldier is. The Warrior Ethos states: "I will always place the mission first. I will never accept defeat. I will never quit. I will never leave a fallen comrade." The current oath was established in 2003 as part of the Warrior Ethos program. Prior to that date, a wordier version was used, though its meaning was essentially the same.

The Soldier's Creed is recited at Army ROTC graduation and is required knowledge for anyone wishing to reach the rank of sergeant or above. The U.S. Army has a number of other creeds as well, such as the Ranger Creed and the NCO Creed.

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