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Soldier’s Creed
I was, “the ol’ man” at airborne school. Thirty-four years old was almost twice the age of the average student. Ft. Benning in October was not bad at all ...

Soldier’s Creed

Maj. John Croushorn, MD (retired veteran)

I was, “the ol’ man” at airborne school. Thirty-four years old was almost twice the age of the average student. Ft. Benning in October was not bad at all, but the mornings could be a little cold. We gathered in formation before 5 AM. Shorts and short sleeves were the standard uniform for morning Physical Training. We stood there shivering as the Black Hats drank their coffee inside. Then, slowly at first, they came outside and checked each line to account for all the students.

The formation was brought to attention. The accountability reports were called off and then one of the black hats began to yell out the Soldier’s Creed. Everyone joined in by the third word …

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.

To hear three hundred men yell this out in unison was awesome to behold. Everyone there had different backgrounds; some had different political beliefs and religious convictions, but they were drawn together in that creed. This is a clear representation of the American soldier. These principles, defined in blood by generations past, enable soldiers to do incredible things during times of exceptional trials and stress. It is a source of strength.

This is repeated every morning across our nation as young men and women prepare for their day. The author of strength has been faithful to provide all we need when facing our adversaries.


Father, arm me with your strength. Allow me to remain true to you and to those that rely on me.

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