Depending on which branch of the United States Military in which you choose to serve, you will be taught a certain set of core values that you will carry with you during your service. These values are introduced and emphasized during your initial training, and you will be required to know them by heart and apply them to your everyday life. These values are more than just empty mottos for each branch, they are the foundation for each and every soldier.
Army Core Values
Loyalty – Bear true faith and allegiance to the U.S. constitution, the Army, and other soldiers. Be loyal to the nation and its heritage.
Duty – Fulfill your obligations.
Respect – Treat others respectfully as they should be treated.
Selfless Service – Put the welfare of the nation, the Army, and your subordinates before your own.
Honor – Live up to the Army values.
Integrity – Do what is right, legally and morally.
Personal Courage – Our ability to face fear, danger, or adversity, both physical and moral courage.
Navy and Marine Core Values
Honor – “I will bear true faith and allegiance …”
Courage – “I will support and defend …”
Commitment – “I will obey the orders …”
Air Force Core Values
Integrity First – courage, honesty, responsibility, accountability, justice, openness, self-respect, humility
Service Before Self – rule following, respect for others, discipline and self-control
Excellence in All We Do – service, personal, and community excellence