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United States Army NCO Creed: Needed More than Ever

Updated: Dec 5, 2019


The NCO is the Backbone of the Army

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".


With fewer and fewer young children and adults these days being taught responsibility, duty, loyalty, respect, honor, selfless service, integrity and faith to a higher power at home or in school, it is vitally important that today’s young soldiers as well as current and future non-commissioned officers learn these very important aspects of service in the military and for life in general.


Becoming or being an NCO in the United States Army is more that just a pay raise, getting better quarters, going to the NCO club or even getting to do less physical work. It is about being a member of an elite brotherhood. The brotherhood of current and past NCO’s. As an NCO in the U.S. Army, you must live up to a higher standard and a large part of that higher standard is how you conduct yourself as an NCO. The U.S. Army NCO Creed helps to remind you of who you are and what you represent when you wear the insignia of an NCO.


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The United States Army NCO Creed


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!


Remember to always live the NCO Creed as your being an NCO in the United States Army is something that will always be a part of who and what you are. It is something that you will carry with you for all your days on this earth. Then, when you stand before God and he asks you what you did in life, you can say with pride “I was an NCO and a damn good one.”


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