Creeds, Codes, and Mottos

People preparing for military, law enforcement, and firefighting professions number in the millions, with new groups of young men and women every year making the decision to serve our country and communities. Trainees have many questions typically depending upon what tactical profession they are preparing for in their future.

Some of the most common questions received by many in the military, law enforcement, and firefighting professions from trainees or recruits are the following:

"What is the training like?" "What is the job like?" "What do you like the most about your job?" "Was it all worth it?" "What type of people become ______?"

When you ask "what type of people become ______?" and are referring to those who serve this country and its communities, you might want to take a look at their mottos, creeds and codes. Every group in the military, law enforcement, and fire fighters have either a few-word motto or a several-paragraph creed to live by. You can get an idea of what kind of mindset you need going into these jobs from these few words of Latin mottos or longer creeds. They were created by members of these units, and represent the type of people who serve in these tactical professions. But what about a creed for the trainee or recruit?

It has been difficult to find official recruit, candidate, or trainee creeds. The Fire-Fighting community does have a Fire Fighter Recruit Creed that is very motivational and gives you an understanding of an uncertain future in the firefighting profession.

The Trainee Creed

But most Americans seeking public service professions as a first responder do not have a creed. Those who are preparing for challenging programs with high attrition rates and relatively small community numbers could use something that helps them focus on "WHY" they need to train hard every day. The below Trainee Creed is a focused paragraph of motivational words to live by each day to guide your training when you have to rely on your discipline to keep going.

After a recent post where I asked, "Why do you train?" I received so many great responses that I not only created a Top Ten List for Motivation to Train, but accumulated more than a 100 motivations to make a Motivational Book of Reasons to Train.  But one answer was such a strong response that I thought it would be a great start for the Trainee Creed.

No matter what tactical profession you are training for -- here is the Trainee Creed: "My training and motivation reflects a never quit attitude and a refusal to be outworked. I train so that I can be strong for the Team with which I will one day serve. I train so that I can be the warrior of which Heraclitus spoke: the one who will "bring the others back."

See the TRAINEE CREED here.

If you are not familiar with the exact Heroclitus quote it goes like this:

"Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn't even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back."

Creeds of the Military, Special Operations Units, Police and Fire Fighters

Check out these links for a few of the groups out there with motivational words to live by each day.

Navy SEAL Creed / Code Ranger Creed Special Forces Creed Special Operations Forces Truths MarSOC Creed USMC RECON Creed Special Operations Aviation Regiment Fire Fighter Creed Police Officer Creed and more – To Protect and To Serve.

Air Force Pararescue Creed - It is my duty as a Pararescueman to save life and to aid the injured. I will be prepared at all times to perform my assigned duties quickly and efficiently, placing these duties before personal desires and comforts. These things I do, "That Others May Live.". Army, Navy, Air Force, USMC, Coast Guard Creeds - All branches of service have some form of creed or code of conduct.

Many of these above creeds discuss the honor and pride it is to serve their country and communities in any tactical profession. To understand that there is risk and you have to first be the type of person who accepts these risks to personal safety and perhaps your life while protecting others in some fashion. The creeds are fairly romantic views of service and the new Trainee Creed reflects that same honor, pride, and never quit attitude one must have in order to make it To and Through these training programs and serve our country and its communities.

Thank you for those who currently serve, have served, as well as those of you who a preparing your mind and body now for a life of service. The trainees today are the future and preparing properly and being the best you can now, will save lives tomorrow. Good luck, God Speed, Semper Fi, and Never Quit!


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