11 General Orders for Sentry

The 11 General Orders of a Sentry are the rules to follow when serving as a guard or on watch (sentry). Every branch of the military has these rules, but they are particularly detailed and stressed in the navy, Marines and Coast Guard. You as a recruit will be expected to memorize the General Orders. Your drill instructor will most likely call on you to recite a random order…so be able to respond word for word. Learn the USMC general orders before you ship out to boot camp.

Marine Corps General Orders

1. Take charge of this post and all government property in view.
2. Walk my post in a military manner, keeping always on the alert and observing everything that takes place within sight or hearing.
3. Report all violations of orders I am instructed to enforce.
4. To repeat all calls [from posts]more distant from the guardhouse than my own.
5. Quit my post only when properly relieved.
6. To receive, obey, and pass on to the sentry who relieves me, all orders from the Commanding Officer, Officer of the Day, Officers, and Non-Commissioned Officers of the guard only.
7. Talk to no one except in the line of duty.
8. Give the alarm in case of fire or disorder.
9. To call the Corporal of the Guard in any case not covered by instructions.
10. Salute all officers and all colors and standards not cased.
11. Be especially watchful at night and during the time for challenging, to challenge all persons on or near my post, and to allow no one to pass without proper authority

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7 Responses to 11 General Orders for Sentry

  1. Kristopher says:

    What’s the fastest way to memorize them

  2. Clark says:

    Drill Instructor: “What’s your 12th general order, private?”
    Private: “Sir, to remember the other 11, sir!”

  3. I am the daughter of a Marine, who taught me so much ex. Love of Country, loyalty…I am 44 now and he is so precious to me. He is retired, of course, a Korean War Vet. He has told me stories of Korea..just today how these Grneral orders saved his butt. These are important but to me No man left behind & Semper Fi will always stand in my memory. I never got to see ny daddy in uniform but everytime I see a soldier, I thank them for their service just as I was taught by the greatest man I have ever known, Sgt. Charles B. Dickson, Dog Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division!

  4. John says:

    #2 To walk my post from plank to plank and take no S—t from any rank !!

  5. Corbin says:

    General Order Number 12: To walk my post flank to flank, to take no sh** from any rank.

    General Order Number 13: To walk my post, round and round. F*** this Sh**, i’m sitting down.

  6. Cadet says:

    This is awesome, I’m in a program called “JROTC” And I’m trying too learn all of my general orders. I have used this over 20 times. Now I know them all!

    • Bob Graner says:

      Keep them memorized. You will be tested on them. You will need to know them when on guard. You will use them in the line of duty sometimes. They are as important as the orders of the day.

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