Army Values


  • Many people know what the words Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage mean. But how often do you see someone actually live up to them? Soldiers learn these values in detail during Basic Combat Training (BCT), from then on they live them every day in everything they do — whether they’re on the job or off. In short, the Seven Core Army Values are what being a Soldier is all about.
    Click the title below to see the Values, Creeds, and Songs.

    Bearing true faith and allegiance is a matter of believing in and devoting yourself to something or someone. A loyal Soldier is one who supports the leadership and stands up for fellow Soldiers. By wearing the uniform of the U.S. Army you are expressing your loyalty. And by doing your share, you show your loyalty to your unit.

    Doing your duty means more than carrying out your assigned tasks. Duty means being able to accomplish tasks as part of a team. The work of the U.S. Army is a complex combination of missions, tasks and responsibilities — all in constant motion. Our work entails building one assignment onto another. You fulfill your obligations as a part of your unit every time you resist the temptation to take “shortcuts” that might undermine the integrity of the final product.

    In the Soldier’s Code, we pledge to “treat others with dignity and respect while expecting others to do the same.” Respect is what allows us to appreciate the best in other people. Respect is trusting that all people have done their jobs and fulfilled their duty. And self-respect is a vital ingredient with the Army value of respect, which results from knowing you have put forth your best effort. The Army is one team and each of us has something to contribute.

    Selfless service is larger than just one person. In serving your country, you are doing your duty loyally without thought of recognition or gain. The basic building block of selfless service is the commitment of each team member to go a little further, endure a little longer, and look a little closer to see how he or she can add to the effort.

    The nation’s highest military award is The Medal of Honor. This award goes to Soldiers who make honor a matter of daily living — Soldiers who develop the habit of being honorable, and solidify that habit with every value choice they make. Honor is a matter of carrying out, acting, and living the values of respect, duty, loyalty, selfless service, integrity and personal courage in everything you do.

    Integrity is a quality you develop by adhering to moral principles. It requires that you do and say nothing that deceives others. As your integrity grows, so does the trust others place in you. The more choices you make based on integrity, the more this highly prized value will affect your relationships with family and friends, and, finally, the fundamental acceptance of yourself.

    Personal courage has long been associated with our Army. With physical courage, it is a matter of enduring physical duress and at times risking personal safety. Facing moral fear or adversity may be a long, slow process of continuing forward on the right path, especially if taking those actions is not popular with others. You can build your personal courage by daily standing up for and acting upon the things that you know are honorable.

    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 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.
    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 watchword. 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!

    "The Army Goes Rolling Along"

    Verse:
    March along, sing our song, with the Army of the free.
    Count the brave, count the true, who have fought to victory.
    We’re the Army and proud of our name!
    We’re the Army and proudly proclaim:
    First Chorus:
    First to fight for the right,
    And to build the Nation’s might,
    And the Army goes rolling along.
    Proud of all we have done,
    Fighting till the battle’s won,
    And the Army goes rolling along.
    Refrain:
    Then it’s hi! hi! hey!
    The Army’s on its way.
    Count off the cadence loud and strong;
    For where’er we go,
    You will always know
    That the Army goes rolling along.
    Second Chorus:
    Valley Forge, Custer’s ranks,
    San Juan Hill and Patton’s tanks,
    And the Army went rolling along.
    Minute men, from the start,
    Always fighting from the heart,
    And the Army keeps rolling along.
    Refrain: (Same as above)
    Third Chorus: (slower, more freely)
    Men in rags, men who froze,
    Still that Army met its foes,
    And the Army went rolling along.
    Faith in God, then we’re right,
    And we’ll fight with all our might,
    As the Army keeps rolling along.
    Refrain:
    Then it’s hi! hi! hey!
    The Army’s on its way.
    Count off the cadence loud and strong; (two! three!)
    For where’er we go,
    You will always know
    That the Army goes rolling along! (keep it rolling!)
    And the Army goes rolling along!

    "Dogface Soldier Song"

    This song was used in the Audie Murphy movie To Hell and Back, based on this autobiography of the same name, and is the offical song of the 3rd Infantry Division.

    I Wouldn't Give A Bean
    To Be A Fancy Pants Marine;
    I'd Rather Be A
    Dog Face Soldier Like I Am.
    I Wouldn't Trade My Old OD's
    For All The Navy's Dungarees
    For I'm The Walking Pride
    Of Uncle Sam.
    On Army Posters That I Read
    It Says Be All That You Can,
    So They're Tearing Me Down
    To Build Me Over Again.
    I'm Just A Dog Face Soldier
    With A Rifle On My Shoulder,
    And I Eat Raw Meat
    For Breakfast Every Day.
    So Feed Me Ammunition;
    Keep Me In Third Division,
    Your Dog Face Soldier's A-Okay!