The true test of a leader is whether his followers will adhere to his cause from their own volition, enduring the most arduous hardships without being forced to do so, and remaining steadfast in the moments of greatest peril. – Xenophon, c. 431-350 BC

Every living Ranger knows and understands the Ranger Creed.  It is a living embodiment of a personal and organizational philosophy.  It sustains the individual and the unit in its darkest hours and most perilous exposures.  It is posted on walls of living quarters around the world where Rangers live and have lived.  Many non-Rangers refer to it as a secret basis for their existence and personal beliefs.  It transcends all other motivations of the individual.  It defines the person and the organization. It is what is and what all believe.

Webster defines a Creed as “a set of fundamental beliefs; also: a guiding principle.”  The Ranger Creed states what a Ranger as an individual stands for, what he will do and for the unit, what it must do.  It is simple, clear and unambiguous and that is both its strength and its glory.

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.