Warrior Ethos

I will always place the mission first
I will never accept defeat
I will never quit
I will never leave a fallen comrade

These are words that we are taught as Soldiers in basic training and we repeat them on a daily basis in the Soldier’s Creed.

But what do those words mean? Do we live those words in our daily lives or do we feel these words only apply to war or a deployment?

I am a Soldier 24/7, all day everyday, that means that my Soldier’s Creed is a creed to live my life by, I am a NCO and that means that I have another creed that governs my life.

But these Warrior Ethos, no matter your rank and position, are what above all else should always speak to you.

Our mission first and foremost is to look out for our brothers and sisters to our left and right. Be it in battle covering their six or scouting the danger up front. You could be transporting supplies to keep them fighting, maybe your raining artillery on a position to keep them safe or maybe your making sure that their records are correct and that their pay still gets paid so their family does not go without while their lived one is deployed.

When we are home it is looking out for them to make sure they are OK. Make sure they are not letting personal issues get them down, making sure they know you are there for them no matter what. We are the one to tell them when they are messing up, that they need to calm down or to take it easy.

We would not want anything to happen to them while we are deployed, and we do not want to lose them when we are at home.

We will not be defeated in caring for our brothers and sisters.

We will never quit looking out for our brothers and sisters, even if they get mad because we are looking out for them.

We will never leave a fallen comrade, never leave someone you know is having issues without support. When we know someone is stuggling that means we need to check-in more often, letting them know we are there for them, even if it is just to vent and let it out.

But you will not always know when someone is stuggling so make sure you know your Soldiers, know your peers and check in on your seniors as well, a lot of us think because of their position they have no problems or they have it all together. They are just like everyone else and go through tough time so just check on them too.

In the end if we apply the Warrior Ethos to our lives everyday, we can help ensure our brothers and sisters are OK and stay with us

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