The Soldier’s Creed

The Soldier’s Creed is a standard that all United States Army personnel are encouraged to live by.

The Soldier’s Creed is a standard that all United States Army personnel are encouraged to live by.

It is a statement of beliefs that reminds soldiers of their responsibilities and the core values of the Army.

The current version of the Soldier’s Creed is as follows:

I am an American Soldier.

I am a warrior and a member of a team.

I serve the people of the United States, and live the Army Values.

I will always place the mission first.

I will never accept defeat.

I will never quit.

I will never leave a fallen comrade.

I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills.

I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself.

I am an expert and I am a professional.

I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy, the enemies of the United States of America in close combat.

I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.

I am an American Soldier.

Origins

The Soldier’s Creed has evolved over time.

Its origins can be traced back to the 1950s when the Army realized the need for a unifying creed for all soldiers.

In 1974, the Creed of the Noncommissioned Officer was introduced, which served as a basis for the later development of the Soldier’s Creed.

In 2003, the Soldier’s Creed as we know it today was first published.

It incorporated aspects of the Creed of the Noncommissioned Officer, the Ranger Creed, and the Army Values.

Since then, it has become an integral part of Army culture and is regularly recited by soldiers during training and ceremonies to reaffirm their commitment to the Army’s values and mission.