Core Values: Honor, Courage, Commitment

"Every Marine a rifleman," no matter what their Military Occupational Specialty has been one of the hallmarks of the Marine Corps throughout our history.

Recruits learn, from day 1, that to be a Marine is to do what is right in the face of overwhelming adversity. To understand how to do what is right they are taught about ethics and our core values. The Corps' core values are Honor, Courage and Commitment. These values make up the bedrock of a Marine's character. During recruit training, recruits are taught these core values and the numerous others attached to them, such as integrity, discipline, teamwork, duty and esprit de corps.

Team Week is a time for recruits to demonstrate that they understand how to do what is right, and that they are taking ownership of ethics and our core values.

Team Week tests team building efforts and allows recruits to work in an environment of minimal supervision. At this point in training, recruits are expected to demonstrate a higher degree of maturity and are able to assume more responsibility, and some recruits will work in small groups around the Depot and will not be under the direct supervision of their drill instructors. The recruits have developed a high degree of discipline and teamwork, and are now functioning as well drilled unit. Team Week is their first opportunity to show their drill instructors and company officers how close they are to becoming Marines.

The recruits are now over half-way through recruit training. While there is no official status of a senior recruit, at this phase of training the recruits are on the verge of entering Third Phase where they will face the challenges of Basic Warrior Training (BWT) and the Crucible.

Above information found on the Parris Island web site, August, 2009.

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February 9, 2015: Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego - Marines of Support Battalion make their way back to the finish line during the log race at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Jan. 21. Throughout the course, one could hear each team of Marines motivating each other to keep pushing.
— USMC Photo by Sgt. Benjamin E. Woodle.

Marines place great emphasis on their core values: Honor, Courage, Commitment. The recruiting video above conveys the significance of those three words in a way that ignites pride and inspiration. Watch it today!
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