I will never compromise my integrity, nor my moral courage.
So, what does this mean to me as an NCO? Both my professional and personal demeanor shall be such that I may take pride if my juniors emulate me, and knowing perfection to lie beyond the grasp of any mortal hand, I shall yet strive to attain perfection that I may ever be aware of my needs and capabilities to improve myself.
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As such, I am a member of the most unique group of professional military practitioners in the world. Your performance has assured us that you will wear "the hat" with the same pride as your comrades in arms before you. I realize I am the mainstay of Marine Corps discipline, and I carry myself with military grace, unbowed by the weight of command, unflinching in the execution of lawful orders, and unswerving in my dedication to the most complete success of my assigned mission.
I will exercise initiative by taking appropriate action in the absence of orders. I uphold the traditions of senior noncommissioned officers who precede me. I hold allegiance to my country, devotion to duty, and personal integrity above all.
I am now, more than ever, committed to excellence in all that I do, so that I can set the proper example for other Marines. I will exercise initiative in the absence of orders and will make decisive and accurate decisions.
I am always fair and impartial when dealing with my Sailors; remembering not to accept full credit for a "A Job Well Done" without proper recognition of my Sailors first.