Before heading to Marine boot camp here are 6 things that a recruit should memorize before boot camp.

Marine Corps. Rank | Rifleman’s Creed | 11 General Orders | Marine Corps Core Values | The Marine’s Hymn | 14 USMC Leadership Traits

1. Marine Corps. Rank

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2. Rifleman’s Creed

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.
Without me, my rifle 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 I know that what counts in 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 keep my rifle clean and ready, even as I am clean and ready.
We will become part of each other. We will…

Before God, I swear this creed.
My rifle and I 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!

3. The 11 General Orders for the Sentry

  1. To take charge of this post and all government property in view.
  2. To walk my post in a military manner, keeping always on then alert and observing everything that takes place within sight or hearing.
  3. To report all violations of orders I am instructed to enforce.
  4. To repeat all calls from posts more distant from the guardhouse than my own.
  5. To quit my post only when properly relieved.
  6. To receive, obey, and pass on the sentry who relieves me, all orders from the commanding officer, officer of the day, and officers and noncommissioned officers of the guard only.
  7. To talk to no one except in line of duty.
  8.  To give the alarm in case of fire or disorder.
  9. To call the corporal of the guard in any case not covered by instructions.
  10. To salute all officers and all colors and standards not cased.
  11. To be especially watchful at night and, during the time for challenging, to challenge all persons on or near my post and to allow no one to pass without proper authority.

4. Core Values: Honor, Courage, Commitment.

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5. Marine Corps Hymn:

From the Halls of Montezuma
To the shores of Tripoli;
We fight our country’s battles
In the air, on land, and sea;
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to claim the title
Of United States Marines.

Our flag’s unfurled to every breeze
From dawn to setting sun;
We have fought in every clime and place
Where we could take a gun;
In the snow of far-off Northern lands
And in sunny tropic scenes,
You will find us always on the job
The United States Marines.

Here’s health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve;
In many a strife we’ve fought for life
And never lost our nerve.
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven’s scenes,
They will find the streets are guarded
By United States Marines.

6. 14 USMC Leadership Traits

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1. Justice  2. Judgement  3. Dependability  4. Integrity  5. Decisiveness  6. Tact  7. Initiative 8. Endurance  9. Bearing  10. Unselfishness   11. Courage  12. Knowledge
13. Loyalty  14. Enthusiasm

These leadership principles are stead and fast. They make up the foundation of  what makes better Marines, leaders, and Americans. They’re timeless, and interchangeable in any military career.


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