The Ranger Creed
Recognizing that I volunteered as a Ranger, fully knowing the hazards of my chosen profession, I will always endeavor to uphold the prestige, honor, and high esprit de corps of my Ranger Regiment.
Acknowledging the fact that a Ranger is a more elite soldier who arrives at the cutting edge of battle by land, sea, or air, I accept the fact that as a Ranger my country expects me to move farther, faster and fight harder than any other soldier.
Never shall I fail my comrades. I will always keep myself mentally alert, physically strong and morally straight and I will shoulder more than my share of the task whatever it may be, one-hundred-percent and then some.
Gallantly will I show the world that I am a specially selected and well-trained soldier. My courtesy to superior officers, neatness of dress and care of equipment shall set the example for others to follow.
Energetically will I meet the enemies of my country. I shall defeat them on the field of battle for I am better trained and will fight with all my might. Surrender is not a Ranger word. I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy and under no circumstances will I ever embarrass my country.
Readily will I display the intestinal fortitude required to fight on to the Ranger objective and complete the mission though I be the lone survivor.
RANGERS LEAD THE WAY!!
As a Ranger’s wife, I can honestly say that this code, this creed, this mission statement is not one for "play pretend". This isn’t a code that is recited during a ceremony and not given another thought. This is the motto of a Ranger’s life. In everything they do, they uphold this standard.
Wow! How impressive? Whenever my husband has given me a compliment, I have often told him, “I’m just a reflection of the man I married.” After reading this creed, I am not sure that I am quite that confident or tenacious. That is a lot to live up to. How would my life would look if I followed this same creed? How would my business operate? I think that these are valid questions that we need to ask ourselves. How many of us go through our life without clear definition of the values and character attributes that make up who we are as individuals?
I know that this isn’t a long post, but I hope that it is thought-provoking all the same.