Army Traditions

The Oath of Office

I, having been appointed an officer in the Army of the United States in the grade of Second Lieutenant, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; SO HELP ME GOD.

The Soldier's Creed

I am an American Soldier.

I am a warrior and a member of a team.

I serve the people of the United States of America and live the Army Values.

I will always place the mission first.

I will never accept defeat.

I will never quit.

I will never leave a fallen comrade.

I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills.

I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself.

I am an expert and I am a professional.

I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy the enemies of the United States of America in close combat.

I am guardian of freedom and the American way of life.

I am an American Soldier.

An Officer's First Salute

It’s a time-honored tradition to present a brand new silver dollar to the first enlisted soldier who salutes a newly-appointed officer. In our military culture, this tradition dates back to 1816, when American Second Lieutenants received a monthly base pay of $25, a $3 ration allowance, and $1 to pay an enlisted advisor. The advisor’s pay was later discontinued, but the enlisted non-commissioned officer’s responsibility for teaching the newly-commissioned officer continued. The present day tradition of giving a silver dollar for the first salute is thought to have its roots in this relationship.

The Army Song

First to fight, For the right,
And to build the Nation’s might,
And the Army Goes Rolling Along.

Proud of all we have done,
Fighting till the battle’s won,
And the Army Goes Rolling Along.

Then it's Hi! Hi! Hey!
The Army’s on its way,
Count off the cadence loud and strong, (TWO! THREE!)

For where’er we go,
You will always know,
That the Army Goes Rolling Along

See full lyrics and listen to the song here.

The Cadet's Creed

I am an Army Cadet. Soon I will take an oath and become an Army Officer committed to defending the values which make this nation great. Honor is my touchstone. I understand mission first and people always.I am the past: the spirit of those warriors who have made the final sacrifice.

I am the present: the scholar and apprentice soldier enhancing my skills in the science of warfare and the art of leadership.

But above all, I am the future: the future warrior leader of the United States Army. May God give me the compassion and judgment to lead and the gallantry in battle to win.

I will do my duty.

The Cadet Cannonade

The United States Army ROTC Cadet Cannonade salutes the three pillars of service to our nation.
Obedience and disciplined performance. Despite difficulty or danger, duty requires self-responsibility and selfless devotion.
Encompassing integrity and dedication. Honor is the thread that holds together the fabric of our Army.
For which men and women have given their lives. Our country shines as a light of freedom and dignity to the world.

The ROTC Patch

SHEILDThe patch symbolizes the Army’s mission of national defense and is divided into four quarters symbolizing the four traditional military science courses comprising the ROTC curriculum.
The sword signifies courage, gallantry, and self-sacrifice intrinsic to the profession of arms.
The lamp denotes the pursuit of knowledge, higher learning, and the partnership of Army ROTC with American colleges and universities.
The Greek helmet is symbolic of the ancient civilization’s concept of the warrior-scholar.
The motto “Leadership Excellence” expresses the ultimate responsibility of Army ROTC to the discharge of its moral responsibility to the nation.