Code of an Army Officer
I am an officer of the Army of the United States of America, and
I am proud of this fact. I recognize the rich heritage behind the
corps of officers, of which I am part, that has been built up by
those who have marched before me at Saratoga, at Chapaltpec, at
Gettysburg, at the Meuse-Argonne, at St. Lo and on the Naktong.
This rich heritage has been built on a code — the code of
an officer. This code is simple and easy to remember: Duty
– Honor – Country. But it is not so simple to
execute, and requires a lifetime devoted to work, self
discipline, and courage.
DUTY: The word DUTY means to me that
When I am assigned a mission, I accomplish it thoroughly,
efficiently, and quickly. I accept all of my responsibilities,
even when not assigned them. Within my field, I hold myself
responsible to be aware of everything that occurs and to take
positive action to correct what is wrong, or improve that which
is merely possible. I do my job regardless of danger to me
HONOR: The word HONOR means to me that
As an officer of the Army of the United States my personal
integrity is irreproachable. I will never degrade myself by
lying, cheating, or stealing. I hold myself personally and
unequivocally responsible to ensure the preservation of the honor
of the officer corps of the United States Army.
COUNTRY: The word COUNTRY means to me
In addition to being an officer of the Army, I am an American
citizen. I am an official representative of my country and will
so comport myself. I will endure any hardship, any sacrifice, for
the welfare of these my United States.
This is the code I will live by: Duty – Honor –
Country. All of these I put above myself, whatever the cost.