Required Knowledge

Cadet Required Knowledge (Yes You Have To Know It All)

The Soldier’s Creed [top]

I am an American Soldier.
I am a Warrior and a member of a team.
I serve the people of the United States and live the Army Values.
I will always place the mission first.
I will never accept defeat.
I will never quit.
I will never leave a fallen comrade.
I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills.
I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself.
I am an expert and I am a professional.
I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy the enemies of the United States of America in close combat.
I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.
I am an American Soldier.

Cadet Song [top]

A Bar of Gold on Army Green
A Bar of Gold on Army Green
If you’re looking for a Leader one who’s heard as well as seen
Look to the one who has earned respect
And a Bar of Gold on Army Green

Cadet Creed [top]

I am an ARMY Cadet.

Soon I will take an oath and become an Army Officer committed to DEFENDING the values which make this Nation great.

HONOR is my touchstone.

I understand MISSION first and PEOPLE always.

I am the PAST, the spirit of those WARRIORS who have made the final sacrifice.

I am the PRESENT, the scholar and apprentice soldier enhancing my skills in the science of warfare and the art of leadership.

But above all I am FUTURE, the future WARRIOR LEADER of the United States Army. May God give me the compassion and judgment to lead and the gallantry in battle to WIN.


Army General Orders [top]

  1. I will guard everything within the limits of my post and quit my post only when properly relieved.
  2. I will obey my special orders, and perform all my duties in a military manner.
  3. I will report violations of my special orders emergencies, and anything not covered in my instructions to the commander of the relief.

Code of Conduct [top]

I am an American fighting man. I serve in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense.

I will never surrender of my own free will. If in command I will never surrender my men while they still have the means to resist.

If I am captured I will continue to resist by all means available. I will make every effort to escape and will aid others to escape. I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy.

If I become a prisoner of war, I will keep faith with my fellow prisoners. I will give no information or take part in any action which might be harmful to my comrades. If I am senior, I will take command. If not, I will obey the lawful orders of those appointed over me and will back them up in every way.

When questioned, should I become a prisoner of war, I am required to give only my name, rank, service number, and date of birth. I will evade further questions to the best of my ability. I will make no oral or written statements disloyal to my country and its allies or harmful to their cause.

I will never forget that I am an American fighting man, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free. I will trust in my God and in the United States of America.

Officers Code of Honor [top]

  • An officer is first and foremost a leader of men
  • He must lead his men by example and personal actions.
  • He cannot manage his command to effectiveness…….they must be led;
  • And an officer must therefore set the standard for personal bravery and leadership
  • All officers are responsible for the actions of all their brother officers.
  • The dishonorable acts of one officer diminish the corps;
  • The actions of the officer must always be above reproach
  • Every officer holds a special position of moral trust and responsibility
  • No officer will ever violate that trust or avoid his responsibility
  • For any of his actions regardless of the personal cost

Army Values [top]

Bear true faith and allegiance to the U.S. Constitution, the Army, and other soldiers.
Fulfill your obligations.
Treat people as they should be treated.
Put the welfare of the nation, the Army and your subordinates before your own.
Live up to all the Army values.
Do what’s right, legally and morally.
Personal Courage:
Face fear, danger, or adversity (physical and moral).

Rules of Thumb for Living Honorably [top]

  1. Does this action attempt to deceive anyone or allow anyone to be deceived?
  2. Does this action gain or allow the gain of a privilege or advantage to which I or someone else would not otherwise be entitled?
  3. Would I be satisfied by the outcome if I were on the “receiving end” of this action?

Leadership Principles [top]

  • Know Yourself and Seek Improvement
  • Be Technically and Tactically Proficient
  • Seek Responsibility and Take Responsibility for your Actions
  • Make Sound and Timely Decisions
  • Set the Example
  • Know your Soldiers and Look out for their Well Being
  • Keep your Soldiers Informed
  • Develop a Sense of Responsibility in your Subordinates
  • Ensure the Task is Understood
  • Train your Soldiers as a Team
  • Employ your Unit in Accordance with its Capabilities

The Untruthful Officer [top]

The untruthful officer trifles with the lives of his countrymen And the honor and safety of his country
-General Douglas MacArthur

A cadet will not lie, cheat, or steal, nor tolerate those who do.

Troop Leading Procedures [top]

  • Receive the Mission
  • Issue the Warning Order
  • Make a Tentative Plan
  • Initiate Necessary Troop Movement
  • Conduct Reconnaissance
  • Complete the Plan
  • Issue the Order
  • Supervise and refine

Warning Order [top]

  • Enemy, Situation, Events, Mission, Task and Organization
  • Earliest time of Move or Degree of Notice to be given to the Main Body
  • Rendezvous and Time for assembly of an Orders Group and who will attend or the time in which written Oporder may be expected


I Situation

  • A) Enemy Forces
  • B) Friendly Forces
  • C) Attachments Detachments

II Mission
III Execution

  • A) Concept of the Operation
  • B) Sub-unit Subparagraphs
  • C) Coordinating Instructions

IV Service and Support

  • A) Material and Services
  • B) Medical Extractions and Hospitalizations
  • C) Personnel
  • D) Civil – Military Corporation
  • E) Miscellaneous

V Command and Signal

  • A) Command
  • B) Signal

The Nine Principles of War [top]

  1. Mass
    Concentrate combat power at the decisive place and time
  2. Objective
    Direct every military operation towards a clearly defined, decisive and attainable objective
  3. Offensive
    Seize, retain, and exploit the initiative
  4. Surprise
    Strike the enemy in a time, place, or in a manner, for which he is unprepared.
  5. Economy of Force
    Allocate minimum essential combat power to secondary efforts
  6. Maneuver
    Place the enemy in a position of disadvantage through the flexible application of combat power…thus achieving results that would otherwise be more costly in men and material.
  7. Unity of Command
    For every objective, ensure unity of effort under one responsible commander
  8. Security
    Never permit the enemy to acquire an unexpected advantage
  9. Simplicity
    Prepare clear, uncomplicated plans and clear, concise orders to ensure thorough understanding