I am a Staff Noncommissioned Officer in the United
States Marine Corps. As
such, I am a member of the most unique group of professional
military practitioners in the world.
I am bound by duty to God, Country, and my fellow
Marines to execute the demands of my position to and beyond
what I believe to be the limits of my capabilities.
I realize I am the mainstay of Marine Corps
discipline, and I carry myself with military grace, unbowed
by the weight of command, unflinching in the execution
lawful orders, and unswerving in my dedication to the most
complete success of my assigned mission.
Both my professional and personal demeanor shall be
such that I may take pride if my juniors emulate me, and
knowing perfection to lie beyond the grasp of any mortal
hand, I shall yet strive to attain perfection that I may
ever be aware of my needs and capabilities to improve
myself. I shall
be fair in my personal relations, just in the enforcement of
discipline, true to myself and my fellow Marines, and
equitable in my dealing with every man.