Quotes and Songs

Cadet Requirements – Quotes and Songs

Army Song [top]


March along, sing our song
With the Army of the free.
Count the brave, count the true
Who have fought to victory.
We’re the Army and proud of our name;
We’re the Army and proudly proclaim:

First to fight for the right,
And to build the Nation’s might,
And The Army Goes Rolling Along
Proud of all we have done,
Fighting till the battle’s won,
And the Army Goes Rolling Along.

Then it’s Hi! Hi! Hey!
The Army’s on its way.
Count off the cadence loud and strong (TWO! THREE!)
For where e’er we go,
You will always know
That The Army Goes Rolling Along.

Valley Forge, Custer’s ranks,
San Juan Hill and Patton’s tanks,
And the Army went rolling along
Minute men, from the start,
Always fighting from the heart,
And the Army keeps rolling along.

Then it’s Hi! Hi! Hey!
The Army’s on its way.
Count off the cadence loud and strong (TWO! THREE!)
For where e’er we go,
You will always know
That The Army Goes Rolling Along.

Men in rags, men who froze,
Still that Army met its foes,
And the Army went rolling along.
Faith in God, then we’re right,
And we’ll fight with all our might,
As the Army keeps rolling along.

Then it’s Hi! Hi! Hey!
The Army’s on its way.
Count off the cadence loud and strong (TWO! THREE!)
For where e’er we go,
You will always know
That The Army Goes Rolling Along.

Duty, Honor, Country
General MacArthur’s Thayer Award Speech -(1962) [top]


No human being could fail to be deeply moved by such a tribute as this [Thayer Award]. Coming from a profession I have served so long and a people I have loved so well, it fills me with an emotion I cannot express. But this award is not intended primarily to honor a personality, but to symbolize a great moral code-a code of conduct and chivalry of those who guard this beloved land of culture and ancient descent. For all hours and for all time, it is an expression of the ethics of the American soldier. That I should be integrated in this way with so noble an ideal arouses a sense of pride, and yet of humility, which will be with me always.

Duty, honor, country: Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying point to build courage when courage seems to fail, to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith, to create hope when hope becomes forlorn.

Unhappily, I possess neither that eloquence of diction, that poetry of imagination, nor that brilliance of metaphor to tell you all that they mean.

The unbelievers will say they are but words, but a slogan, but a flamboyant phrase. Every pedant, every demagogue, every cynic, every hypocrite, every troublemaker, and, I am sorry to say, some others of an entirely different character, will try to downgrade them even to the extent of mockery and ridicule.

But these are some of the things they do. They build your basic character. They mold you for your future roles as the custodians of the Nation’s defense. They make you strong enough to know when you are weak, and brave enough to face yourself when you are afraid.

Schofield’s Definition of Discipline [top]


The discipline which makes the soldier of a free country reliable in battle is not to be gained by harsh or tyrannical treatment. On the contrary, such treatment is far more likely to destroy then to make an army. It is possible to impart instructions and give commands in such a manner and in such a tone of voice to inspire in the soldier no feeling, but an intense desire to obey, while the opposite manner and tone of voice cannot fail to excite strong resentment and a desire to disobey

The one mode or the other of dealing with subordinates springs from a corresponding spirit in the breast of the commander. He who feels the respect which is due to others cannot fail to inspire in them regard for himself while one who feels, and hence manifests disrespect towards others, especially his inferiors, cannot fail to inspire hatred against himself.

–MG John M. Schofield
(in an address to the corps of cadets 11Aug1879)

Worth’s Battalion Orders [top]


But an officer on duty knows no one;

To be partial is to dishonor both himself and the object of his ill favor. What will be thought of him who exacts of his friends that which disgraces him? Look at him, who winks at and overlooks offenses in one, which he causes to be punished in another, and contrast him with the inflexible soldier, who does his duty faithfully, not withstanding it occasionally waits with private feelings. The conduct on the one will be generated and emulated, the other detested as a satire upon soldiership and honor.

-Brevet Major William J. Worth
22 December 1820

Quotes [top]


Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.
~ George S. Patton

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
~ Dwight Eisenhower

A leader is a dealer in hope.
~ Napoleon Bonaparte

The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.
~ Theodore Roosevelt

An army of a thousand is easy to find, but, ah, how difficult to find a general.
~Chinese proverb

Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.
~Lao Tzu

A real leader faces the music, even when he doesn’t like the tune.
~Anon

Leadership is getting someone to do what they don’t want to do, to achieve what they want to achieve.
~Tom Landry

Leadership: the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
~Dwight D. Eisenhower