The Infantryman’s Creed
I am the Infantry.
I am my country’s strength in War,
her deterrent in peace.
I am the heart of the fight –
I carry America’s faith and honor
against her enemies.
I am the queen of Battle.
I am what my country expects me to be –
the best trained soldier in the world.
In the race for victory,
I am swift, determined, and courageous,
armed with a fierce will to win.
Never will I fail my country’s trust.
Always I fought on –
through the foe,
to the objective,
to triumph over all.
If necessary, I fight to my death.
By my steadfast courage,
I have won 200 years of freedom.
I yield not:
to superior odds,
for I am mentally tough, physically strong,
and morally straight.
I forsake not –
my sacred duty.
I am relentless
I am always there,
now and forever.
I AM THE INFANTRY!
Every Infantryman in the United States Army learns those words, and at graduation of infantry school all the fresh green soldiers bellow out these words in a fashion, that if you were a lesser man, would make your ears bleed! It could possibly be why so many Infantrymen have hearing loss today!
The Infantryman is a lean mean fighting machine, not to be cliché, but that is what they are. They are trained to withstand extreme heat, extreme cold, and everything in between. They can fight on the ground in hand-to-hand, and at the same time they can fight with their rifle and hit their target out to 300-500 meters consistently. There training is to kill and to be relentless about it. They come from the sky as airborne and air assault soldiers, and they come from the water in amphibious attacks (usually left for the Marines, but an Army Infantryman trains to do it as well). When it comes to following orders, an Infantryman is second-to-none in following orders and carrying out their job. The Infantry is the military’s finest fighting force.
I am the Infantry: This is the statement that sets up the whole Creed. It is saying that I am a lean mean fighting machine, and there is nothing that will tear me down.
I am my country’s strength in War, her deterrent in peace: This is stating that America is protected by the Infantry, plain and simple. The people who fight for our country are our Infantrymen. There is a reason that we haven’t been attacked with a full on infantry assault on our own lands. That is because the Infantry are so highly trained that the countries that would see us have harm are afraid of what lurks in the shadows at night and in the rain, because you know if it “ain’t raining, they ain’t training!”
I am the heart of the fight – wherever, whenever: This has been said multiple times, I am sure that it will be said multiple times more. The Infantry train to fight, they train to kill, and they are trained to do it in any weather, any time of the day, and to be successful while doing it. The United States Army will never surrender the fight because they know if they surrender the know the damage it could cause to America as a nation; which we see further down in the Creed. Also, in many cases the Infantry are not the only fighting force. The Infantry has long days in the field and even in garrison (barracks): training. Training to fight, training for war. If they are not training they are talking about war, or something that has to do with combat. Sometimes they talk about sex as well. Which always leads back to discussing war.
I carry America’s faith and honor against her enemies: The Infantry will carry the faith and the honor of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic. Honor is highest respect and esteem that the country can bestow on a person. Faith is the complete trust or confidence in our Infantry to do the good will of God and Country.
I am the queen of Battle: Like in the game of chess, the queen moves all over the board. The Queen in a chess board is the strongest on the board. The Queen piece is able to move forwards, backwards, side to side, and at an angle. Just like the Infantry! The Infantry can move forwards, backwards, side-to-side, at an angle, from the sky, from the water, from a tank or armored personnel carrier, it has been noted that sometimes they can blow stuff up with their mind!! 😉
I am what my country expects me to be – the best trained soldier in the world: That pretty much sums it up! The United States Army Infantry is the most trained soldiers in the world. The Marine Infantry are a close second or maybe even tied for training with us… I may be wrong about this, but I am a little partial to how much I know that I trained while I was in the service! From sun up to sun down, no matter if it were raining, sleeting, snowing, blowing, or burning we were training for combat. Even in combat, we trained for combat before we went on mission with possibilities of what might happen on the mission that night.
In the race for victory, I am swift, determined, and courageous, armed with a fierce will to win: We are forever in a race for victory over our enemies. Think about history for a minute if you will! The race to America, the race to see who can get France on their side the quickest to decide the outcome of the Revolution. The race to stop communism. The race to nuclear arms. And the list goes on and on and on. The Infantry are the pedestal of which victory is determined, and they are swift, determined, courageous, and they do not want to die so they WILL win! The price if they don’t win is death. War is a serious game.
Never will I fail my country’s trust: The high role of integrity that is among Infantry training is among the highest integrity training in the world. Every man is accountable for every man. One man makes a mistake the whole platoon makes a mistake. The Infantry is only as strong as its weakest person. Forever making integrity an amazing tool for the Infantry. Assistance to one another and help to one another during the hardest times make certain that Infantryman will never fail their country’s trust!
Always I fought on – through the foe, to the objective, to triumph over all. If necessary, I fight to my death: The Infantry will never give up. They will fight until they can fight no more, then they will fight some more. They fight until their death because the alternate will be too much to bear. And in death somehow the Infantry triumphs!
By my steadfast courage, I have won 200 years of freedom: The Infantry’s history is a long and stoic history with years of combat and many wars and battles fought. Fighting for our nation’s and your rights since 1775 to our current year! Freedom has been won by the men that wear blue!
I yield not: to hunger, to cowardice, to fatigue, to superior odds: Reinforcing the Infantryman’s testicular fortitude, there is nothing that will hold back an Infantryman from completing him mission. They train to be tough and stand firm. Spending days awake at a time during training, will help them overcome days of no sleep in Combat zones. They train the way that they fight, in a lot of cases they train harder than they fight because the enemy is not trained to their rigor!
for I am mentally tough, physically strong, and morally straight: The Infantry is the toughest outfit in the world. They train how they fight, aggressive. They hold onto one another for accountability, and they follow a code of ethics that one would never understand. Honesty and integrity are core parts of training regiments in the United States Army, let alone the Infantry.
I forsake not – my country, my mission, my comrades, my sacred duty: The Infantry is the crème del a crème of America’s fighting force. They will not ever forsake their duty, their mission, their friends, or their mission. Their mission is to come home safely with no causalities, and to stay with the fallen until they can be put to eternal rest in peace. The Infantry is family to one another. Everything to them is about being safe, but getting the mission done and saved from the evil that lurks in the wind.
I am relentless, I am always there, now and forever: As stated earlier a few times! The Infantry does not ever give up. They never surrender! The Infantry will continue the fight from the time they take it up to the time that it is finished. The United States Infantry was formed in 1775 and it will last until there is no more United States! Forever and ever the United States Infantry will fight from all enemies foreign and domestic!
I AM THE INFANTRY!