Cadet Required Knowledge (Yes You Have To Know It All)
- The Soldier’s Creed
- Cadet Song
- Cadet Creed
- Army General Orders
- Code of Conduct
- Officers Code of Honor
- Army Values
- Rules of Thumb for Living Honorably
- Leadership Principles
- The Untruthful Officer
- Troop Leading Procedures
- Warning Order
- The Nine Principles of War
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.
I WILL DO MY DUTY.
Army General Orders [top]
- I will guard everything within the limits of my post and quit my post only when properly relieved.
- I will obey my special orders, and perform all my duties in a military manner.
- 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]
- Does this action attempt to deceive anyone or allow anyone to be deceived?
- Does this action gain or allow the gain of a privilege or advantage to which I or someone else would not otherwise be entitled?
- 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
- A) Enemy Forces
- B) Friendly Forces
- C) Attachments Detachments
- 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]
- Concentrate combat power at the decisive place and time
- Direct every military operation towards a clearly defined, decisive and attainable objective
- Seize, retain, and exploit the initiative
- Strike the enemy in a time, place, or in a manner, for which he is unprepared.
- Economy of Force
- Allocate minimum essential combat power to secondary efforts
- 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.
- Unity of Command
- For every objective, ensure unity of effort under one responsible commander
- Never permit the enemy to acquire an unexpected advantage
- Prepare clear, uncomplicated plans and clear, concise orders to ensure thorough understanding