I am a Noncommissioned officer, a leader of soldiers.
As a Noncommissioned officer, I realize that I am a member of a time-honored corps, which is known as “the Backbone of the Army.”
I am proud of the corps of Noncommissioned officers and will at all times conduct myself so as to bring credit upon the corps, the military and my country regardless of the situation in which I find myself.
I will not use my grade or position to attain pleasure,profit or personal safety.
Competence is my watchword.
My two basic responsibilities will always be uppermost in my mine - accomplishment of my mission and the welfare of my soldiers.
I will strive to remain technically and tactically proficient.
I am aware of my role as a Noncommissioned officer.
I will fulfill my responsibilities inherent in that role.
All soldiers are entitled to outstanding leadership; I will provide that leadership.
I know my soldiers and I will always place their needs above my own.
I will communicate consistently with my soldiers and never leave them uninformed.
I will be fair and impartial and recommending both rewards and punishment.
Offices of my unit will have maximum time to accomplish their duties; they will not have to accomplish mine.
I will earn their respect and confidence as well as that of my soldiers.
I will be loyal to those with whom I serve; senior, peers and subordinates alike.
I will exercise initiative by taking appropriate action in the absence of orders.
I will not compromise my integrity, nor my moral courage.
I will not forget, nor will I allow my comrades to forget that we are professionals, Noncommissioned officers, leaders.