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Marine Corp Core Values & Principles Cheat Sheet (DRAFT) by [deleted]

Marines Core Values and Leadership Traits

This is a draft cheat sheet. It is a work in progress and is not finished yet.


This is the bedrock of our character. It is the quality that empowers Marines to exemplify the ultimate in ethical and moral behavior: to never lie, cheat, or steal; to abide by an uncomp­rom­ising code of integrity; to respect human dignity; and to have respect and concern for each other. It represents the maturity, dedica­tion, trust, and depend­ability that commit Marines to act respon­sibly, be accoun­table for their actions, fulfill their obliga­tions, and hold others accoun­table for their actions.


The heart of our Core Values, courage is the mental, moral, and physical strength ingrained in Marines that sees them through the challenges of combat and the mastery of fear, and to do what is right, to adhere to a higher standard of personal conduct, to lead by example, and to make tough decisions under stress and pressure. It is the inner strength that enables a Marine to take that extra step.


This is the spirit of determ­ination and dedication within members of a force of arms that leads to profes­sio­nalism and mastery of the art of war. It promotes the highest order of discipline for unit and self and is the ingredient that instills dedication to Corps and country 24 hours a day, pride, concern for others, and an unrele­nting determ­ination to achieve a standard of excellence in every endeavor. Commitment is the value that establ­ishes the Marine as the warrior and citizen others strive to emulate

Marine Corps Leadership Principles

• Know yourself and seek self-i­mpr­ove­ment.
• Be techni­cally and tactically profic­ient.
• Develop a sense of respon­sib­ility among your subord­inates.
• Make sound and timely decisions.
• Set the example.
• Know your Marines and look out for their welfare.
• Keep your Marines informed.
• Seek respon­sib­ility and take respon­sib­ility for your actions.
• Ensure assigned tasks are unders­tood, superv­ised, and accomp­lished.
• Train your Marines as a team.
• Employ your command in accordance with its capabi­lities.

Marine Corps

Semper Fidelis - Forever Faithful

Marine Corps Leadership Traits

Depe­nda­bil­ity: The certainty of proper perfor­mance of duty.
Bear­ing: Creating a favorable impression in carriage, appearance and personal conduct at all times.
Cour­age: The mental quality that recognizes fear of danger or criticism, but enables a man to proceed in the face of it with calmness and firmness.
Deci­siv­ene­ss: Ability to make decisions promptly and to announce them in clear, forceful manner.
Endu­ran­ce: The mental and physical stamina measured by the ability to withstand pain, fatigue, stress and hardship.
Enth­usi­asm: The display of sincere interest and exuberance in the perfor­mance of duty.
Init­iat­ive: Taking action in the absence of orders.
Inte­gri­ty: Uprigh­tness of character and soundness of moral princi­ples; includes the qualities of truthf­ulness and honesty.
Judg­ment: The ability to weigh facts and possible solutions on which to base sound decisions.
Just­ice: Giving reward and punishment according to merits of the case in question. The ability to administer a system of rewards and punish­ments impart­ially and consis­tently.
Know­led­ge: Unders­tanding of a science or an art. The range of one’s inform­ation, including profes­sional knowledge and an unders­tanding of your Marines.
Tact: The ability to deal with others without creating offense.
Unse­lfi­shn­ess: Avoidance of providing for one’s own comfort and personal advanc­ement at the expense of others.
Loya­lty: The quality of faithf­ulness to country, the Corps, the unit, to one’s seniors, subord­inates and peers