The Army takes a lot of pride in its values, way of life, and the training and discipline it instills in its soldiers and leaders. The Warrior’s Ethos, a code of conduct to live by in combat and in life, is no different. The principles laid out in it are simple and easily understood.
The Mission First
The first code of conduct of the Warrior’s Ethos is “I will always place the mission first.” No matter where, who, how, or why, the mission comes first. For you technology soldiers, your enemy doesn’t care what level of Grand Theft Auto you’re on. They don’t care that you stayed up all night playing Need for Speed. They don’t care if you called home today or that you don’t feel good today. Your enemy wants to eliminate you and all you stand for. Your job is to eliminate them first. This means the mission will always come first no matter who you’re up against or if the mission is simple and all you’re doing is taking MREs north of Kabul. The variables are not what matters. What matters is that the execution and completion of the mission come first. This means going above, beyond, over, and through any obstacle without any excuses.
Defeat Is Not in My Creed
“I will never accept defeat.” This means you will fight harder than your enemy. You will train harder than your enemy. If you have to, you will fight until you take your last breath and leave your enemy lying on the ground beside you!
Quit? I Don’t Think So!
“I will never quit.” The training you receive before you go into battle will see you through the battle safely. This is why boot camp, MOSQ, and military schools are physically and mentally challenging. They teach you that you will pass out before you die, that your body can endure more pain and exertion than you can imagine. This is why boot camp and other military schools get rid of the quitters because if they quit on themselves today, they will quit on you tomorrow. You must push yourself beyond belief and beyond what you ever imagined in your training combat. This may be difficult. However, your preparation makes for an easier execution.
No One Gets Left Behind Ever!
“I will never leave a fallen comrade.” You will eliminate the threat and your enemy and bring any causalities home with honor no matter how hard that is. I have had to put my soldiers, my comrades, and my friends in plastic bags, and it’s horrible. You will never leave a fallen comrade! You will bring them home with the respect, honor, and dignity that they have earned and deserved with pride.
A Few of My Own Principles
I have written about the actual Army Warrior’s Ethos, but I would now like to add a few of my own principles to this list:
1.I will bring the fight to your home and keep you out of mine.
2.I will sacrifice so that others may live.
3.I came into this world kicking and screaming, covered in blood, and I have no problem going out that way!