Marine Corps Core Values

  • By understanding the Marine Corps' core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment, you will understand how these ideals help MCJROTC cadets become better citizens.

    Honor is the quality that guides Marines to exemplify ethical and moral behavior.

    Courage is a mental quality that recognizes fear of danger or criticism but enables a leader to proceed in the face of it with calmness and firmness. It is a quality of mind that gives leaders control over fear, enabling them to accept responsibility and to act properly in a threatening situation.

    Commitment means the dedication to carry out all unit tasks and to serve the values of the country, the MCJROTC, and the unit. Commitment leads to the highest discipline for your unit and yourself.

    In addition to these ideals, your values must also be applied to other areas. These might be ideas such as punctuality, truthfulness, and fidelity. You must also value the outer signs of these ideals, such as having good personal hygiene and a spotless uniform. Last, but by no means least important, you must apply your values to friends, family, and fellow cadets.​

Leadership Traits

  • Justice:  Giving reward and punishment according to the merits of the case in question.  The ability to administer a system of rewards and punishments impartially and consistently.

    Judgment:  The ability to weigh facts and possible courses of action in order to make sound decisions.

    Dependability:  The certainty of the proper performance of duty.

    Integrity:  Uprightness of character and soundness of moral principles. The quality of truthfulness and honesty.

    Decisiveness:  Ability to make decisions promptly and to announce them in a clear, forceful manner.


    Tact:  The ability to deal with others in a manner that will maintain good relations and avoid offense. More simply stated, tact is the ability to say and do the right thing at the right time.


    Initiative:  Taking action in the absence of orders.

    Endurance:  The mental and physical stamina measured by the ability to withstand pain, fatigue, stress, and hardship.


    Bearing:  Creating a favorable impression in carriage, appearance, and personal conduct at all times.

    Unselfishness:  Avoidance of providing for one’s own comfort and personal advancement at the expense of others.

    Courage:  Courage is a mental quality that recognizes fear of danger or criticism, but enables a Marine to proceed in the face of danger with calmness and firmness.

    Knowledge:  Understanding of a science or an art. The range of one’s information, including professional knowledge and understanding of your Marines.

    Loyalty:  The quality of faithfulness to country, Corps, unit, seniors, subordinates and peers.


    Enthusiasm:  Motivation is Contagious

Leadership Principles

  • Know Yourself and Seek Self Improvement

    - This principle of leadership should be developed by the use of leadership traits. Evaluate yourself by using the leadership traits and determine your strengths and weaknesses.

    Be Technically and Tactically Proficient

    - A person who knows their job thoroughly and possesses a wide field of knowledge. Before you can lead, you must be able to do the job.

    Know Your People and Look Out For Their Welfare

    - A leader must make a conscientious effort to observe his Marines and how they react to different situations.

    Keep Your Personnel Informed

    - To promote efficiency and morale, a leader should inform the Marines in his unit of all happenings and give reasons why things are to be done.

    Set The Example

    - A leader who shows professional competence, courage and integrity sets high personal standards for himself before he can rightfully demand it from others.

    Ensure That the Task Is Understood, Supervised, and Accomplished

    - Leaders must give clear, concise orders that cannot be misunderstood, and then by close supervision, ensure that these orders are properly executed.

    Train Your Marines and Sailors as a Team

    - As a leader, you must insist on teamwork from your Marines. Train, play and operate as a team. Be sure that each Marine knows his/her position and responsibilities within the team framework.

    Make Sound and Timely Decisions

    - The leader must be able to rapidly estimate a situation and make a sound decision based on that estimation. 

    Develop a Sense of Responsibility Among Your Subordinates

    - Give your Marines the opportunity for professional development. Assigning tasks and delegating authority promotes mutual confidence and respect between leaders and subordinates.

    Employ Your Command within its Capabilities

    - A leader must have a thorough knowledge of the tactical and technical capabilities of the command. Successful completion of a task depends upon how well you know your unit’s capabilities.

    Seek Responsibilities and Take Responsibility

    - For professional development, you must actively seek out challenging assignments. You must use initiative and sound judgment when trying to accomplish jobs that are required by your grade.

Last Modified on November 2, 2022