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In boot camp at Parris Island or San Diego, and in the Basic School at Quantico, no one escapes from the Rifleman's Creed. Every Marine is trained, first and foremost, as a rifleman, for it is the rifleman who must close with and destroy the enemy. The rifleman remains the most basic tenet of Marine Corps doctrine. All else revolves around him. Marine Aviation, Marine Armor, Marine Artillery, and all supporting arms and warfighting assets exist to support the rifleman. It is believed that MGen. William H. Rupertus, USMC, authored the creed shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. It is commonly known as the Rifleman's Creed, but it has also been called "My Rifle: The Creed of a United States Marine." Every Marine must memorize this creed. And, every Marine must live by the creed.



This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. Without me my rifle is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless. I must fire my rifle true. I must shoot straighter than the enemy who is trying to kill me. I must shoot him before he shoots me. I will. My rifle and I know that what counts in war is not the rounds we fire, the noise of our burst, or the smoke we make. We know that it is the hits that count. We will hit.

My rifle is human, even as I am human, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strengths, its parts, its accessories, its sights and its barrel. I will keep my rifle clean and ready, even as I am clean and ready. We will become part of each other.

Before God I swear this creed. My rifle and I are the defenders of my country. We are the masters of our enemy. We are the saviors of my life.

So be it, until victory is America's and there is no enemy.
 

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I've never read the entire creed before. I love it! Thank you.
 

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HOORAH!!
 

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I began wanting to be a Marine somewhere around age 4. I basically devoted my entire life towards that goal. by 6th gradvirtually the entire history of the Marine Corps, and had actually done a project for school about the historical alliterations found in the Marine Corps Hymn. I could recite the Riflemans creed, the general orders and every commandant to the Corps up until that point.

when I entered High school, I joined JROTC for the experience, and I made the mistake of telling my mastersergeant that I had planned on joining the Corps. instead of the normal battery of pushups when I screwed up, he would make me recite back to him general orders as I did them. when I screwed up at the manual of arms, he'd make me perform the exhibition m,anual of arms while reciting the creed, over and over again.

I know that creed VERY well. unfortunately, I never was able to recite it at Parris Island
 

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semper fi sarge!!!!
 
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