Sailor's creed
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This is what you need to know about the Sailor’s Creed

Sailor’s Creed

“I am a United States Sailor.

I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America and I will obey the order 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.”

Sailor’s Creed

What is the Sailor’s Creed and who is it for?

It’s a written standard with codes for discipline in the Navy. The Sailor’s Creed is created specifically for the Navy.

It focuses on:

  • Self-respect
  • Respect for others
  • Honor
  • Courage
  • Commitment

In the Navy, it’s recited like the pledge of allegiance from when you were in public schools.

The history of how the Sailor’s Creed made its way to every rank in the Navy

In 1994, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jeremy Boorda changed the creed from saying the word “bluejacket” to the word “Navy.”

This change basically made the creed inclusive of all the ranks in the Navy. Bluejacket referred to people who enlisted.

In 1997, the word “my superiors” was replaced with “those appointed over me.”

These changes made the creed a standard for every rank in the Navy from E-1 to O-10. The Sailor’s Creed is now mandatory training for everyone in the Navy including those in Officer ranks.

All personnel in the Navy are considered first and foremost Sailors, and then officers, chiefs, petty officers – aviators, seabees, surface warriors, and submariners.

Who wrote the Sailor’s Creed?

The Blue Ribbon Recruit Training Panel wrote the creed and final edits were made by Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Frank Kelso.

It was Admiral Frank Kelso who decided that every recruit commit the creed to memory.