The Marine NCO, the Marine Non-Commissioned Officer. Tales of their combat exploits have become the stuff of legend. NCOs are the Corporals and Sergeants responsible for the lives of their men in combat. They must be leaders of men, but also much more. NCOs are the backbone of the Marine Corps. They carry with them the unbroken traditions of duty and dedication to their assigned mission. Their creed need not be lengthy. It is short, succinct, and to the point:
I am an NCO
dedicated to training new Marines
and influencing the old.
I am forever conscious of each Marine under my charge,
and by example will inspire him to the highest standards possible.
I will strive to be patient, understanding, just, and firm.
I will commend the deserving and encourage the wayward.
I will never forget that I am responsible to my Commanding Officer
for the morale, discipline, and efficiency of my men.
Their performance will reflect an image of me.