In the Drill Sergeant School, the Candidates recite both the Soldier’s Creed and the Drill Sergeant Creed before they start most of their classes; so I hear it several times a day, every day and it always fires me up! So that got me thinking about what the Soldier’s Creed meant to me, and although, as I mentioned, I’m not a Soldier, I’m a Marine, I still felt I needed to define my Training Philosophy as that’s a critical first step towards elite performance in anything we undertake (more on that in the posts to come).  So here’s what I came up with:

What the Soldier’s Creed Means to Me

By Dr. Dave Ricciuti

                To me, The Soldier’s Creed is the backbone of a life spent defending my Nation.  It is through living this Creed in daily life that I ask my Almighty Father, whose command is over all and whose love never fails, to keep me true to my best self.  It is through the Soldier’s Creed that I remain vigilant, guarding against dishonesty in purpose and deed so that I may live my life and I can face my fellow Soldiers, my loved ones, and my Lord without shame or fear.

                It is through living the Soldier’s Creed in my everyday life that I gain the strength to ask my Almighty Father not for rest or quiet, not for wealth or success, nor even for health and love. It is through living the Soldier’s Creed that I am able to ask the Lord for that which no-one wants.  It is through living the Soldier’s Creed that I find the courage to ask for insecurity and strife, for distress and discomfort, for pain and for loss.  It is through living the Soldier’s Creed in my daily life that my Lord grants me the Grace to ask for these things that no-one wants, so that no-one else shall have them to bear.

                It is in the Soldier’s Creed where I find the will to do the work of a Soldier and gives me the courage to be proficient in my daily performance.  It is through living the Soldier’s Creed each and every day that keeps me loyal and faithful to my superiors and to the duties my Country and my Army have entrusted to me. It is through living the Soldier’s Creed in my daily life that I am inspired to wear my uniform with dignity, and to remind me of the traditions which I must uphold.

                It is the Soldier’s Creed through which I find that if I am inclined to doubt, steadies my faith. If I find myself afraid, gives me strength, and if I find myself alone, gives me courage.  It is through the Soldier’s Creed that I learn that courage is honor in action.  

                It is through the Soldier’s Creed that I learn that courage is moral strength and find the will to heed my inner voice of conscience, the will to do what is right regardless of the conduct of others.  It is through living the Soldier’s Creed in my daily life that I gain mental discipline and I’m  able to adhere to a higher standard.  To me, living the Soldier’s Creed in my daily life means having the willingness to take a stand for what is right in spite of adverse consequences.  This courage, forged in the fires of adversity throughout the history of the Army, has sustained Soldiers like me during the chaos, perils, and hardships of combat. It is through living the Soldier’s Creed in my daily life that proves again and again, that a Warrior’s not just a Warrior but a Soldier that’s built to accomplish any mission.