|“ |No one is more professional than I. I am a Noncommissioned Officer, a leader of soldiers. As a noncommissioned |” | | |officer, I realize that I am a member of a time honored corps, which is known as "the Backbone of the Army." I | | | |am proud of the Corps of Noncommissioned Officers and will at all times conduct myself so as to bring credit | | | |upon the Corps, the military service and my country regardless of the situation in which I find myself. I will | | | |not use my grade or position to attain pleasure, profit or personal safety. | | | |Competence is my watch-word. My two basic responsibilities will always be uppermost in my mind -- accomplishment| | | |of my mission and the welfare of my soldiers. I will strive to remain technically and tactically proficient. I | | | |am aware of my role as a noncommissioned officer. I will fulfill my responsibilities inherent in that role. All | | | |soldiers are entitled to outstanding leadership; I will provide that leadership. I know my soldiers and I will | | | |always place their needs above my own. I will communicate consistently with my soldiers and never leave them | | | |uninformed. I will be fair and impartial when recommending both rewards and punishment. | | | |Officers of my unit will have maximum time to accomplish their duties; they will not have to accomplish mine. I | | | |will earn their respect and confidence as well as that of my soldiers. I will be loyal to those with whom I | | | |serve; seniors, peers and subordinates alike. I will exercise initiative by taking appropriate action in the | | | |absence of orders. I will not compromise my integrity, nor my moral courage. I will not forget, nor will I allow| | | |my comrades to forget that we are professionals, Noncommissioned Officers, leaders! | |
It is notable that the initial letters of each paragraph are, in order, N C O. Marine Corps 
NCO creed 
The NCO creed is part of the syllabus of the Command Sponsored Corporals Course, colloquially known as "Corporals Course". The current version reads: |“ |I am an NCO dedicated to training new Marines and influencing the old. I am forever conscious of each Marine |” | | |under my...