I am a United States Sailor.
I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America and I will obey the orders of those appointed over me.
I represent the fighting spirit of the Navy and those who have gone before me to defend freedom and democracy around the world.
I proudly serve my country's Navy combat team with Honor, Courage and Commitment.
I am committed to excellence and the fair treatment of all.
Honor, courage and commitment are three words that you have certainly heard before, but once you join the Navy, those three words become incredibly important. They are what's known as the Navy's Core Values, and they should serve as guiding principles for your life in (and out of) uniform.
Honor: "I will bear true faith and allegiance..." This means that:
We will conduct ourselves in the highest ethical manner in all relationships and be honest and truthful in our dealings with each other and with those outside the Navy;
We will be willing to make honest recommendations and accept those from junior personnel;
We will encourage new ideas and deliver the bad news, even when it is difficult or unpopular;
We will maintain our uncompromising code of integrity, taking responsibility for our actions and keeping our word;
We will meet or exceed our legal and ethical responsibilities in our public and personal lives at all times;
We will not tolerate illegal or improper behavior or the appearance of such behavior;
We are accountable for our own professional and personal actions;
We will be mindful of the privilege to serve our fellow Americans.
Courage: "I will support and defend..." This means that:
We will have the courage to meet the demands of our duty and the mission when it is dangerous, demanding, or otherwise difficult;
We will make decisions in the best interest of the Navy and the nation, without regard to personal consequences;
We will meet all challenges while adhering to a higher standard of personal conduct and decency;
We will be loyal to our nation, ensuring the resources entrusted to us are used in an honest, careful, and efficient way.
Courage is the value that gives us the moral and mental strength to do what is right, even in the face of personal or professional adversity.
Commitment: "I will obey the orders ..." This means that:
We will demand respect up and down the chain of command;
We will care for the safety, professional, personal and spiritual well-being of our men and women;
We will show respect toward all people without regard to race, religion, or gender, and we will treat each individual with respect and dignity;
We will be committed to positive change and constant improvement, always exhibiting the highest degree of moral character, technical excellence, and competence in what we have been trained to do.
The day-to-day duty of every Navy man and woman is to work together as a team to improve the quality of our work, our people and ourselves.
The 11 General Orders are used by all branches of the US military for those on guard or sentry duty. In the Navy, this duty is referred to as "standing watch", and you will pull this duty within the first few days of Navy basic training and throughout the course of your Navy career.
You'll be expected to have all 11 of these General Orders memorized, so don't wait until Boot Camp to learn them all!
1. To take charge of this post and all government property in view.
2. To walk my post in a military manner, keeping always on the alert, and observing everything that takes place within sight or hearing.
3. To report all violations of orders I am instructed to enforce.
4. To repeat all calls from posts more distant from the guard house than my own.
5. To quit my post only when properly relieved.
6. To receive, obey, and pass on to the sentry who relieves me all orders from the Commanding Officer, Command Duty Officer, Officer of the Deck, and Officers and Petty Officers of the Watch only.
7. To talk to no one except in the line of duty.
8. To give the alarm in case of fire or disorder.
9. To call the Officer of the Deck in any case not covered by instructions.
10. To salute all officers and colors and standards not cased.
11. To be especially watchful at night and during the time for challenging, to challenge all persons on or near my post, and to allow no one to pass without proper authority.