My Rifle Creed

Marine Corps recruits are taught the Rifleman’s Creed in boot camp. It’s that famous creed seen in the movie Full Metal Jacket that starts with, “This is my rifle, there are many like it but this one is mine…”. It was also in the film more recent film Jarhead. While recruits are taught the creed, they are not required to learn it complete boot camp.

The History of The Creed of a United States Marine

It’s not known exactly when the Rifleman’s Creed was written. It is most likely from around late 1941 or early 1942. The Rifle Creed was written by Major General William H. Rupertus after Pearl Harbor was attacked.

This is my rifle…

There are many like it, but this one is mine.

My rifle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.

My rifle, without me, is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless. I must fire my rifle true. I must shoot straighter than my enemy who is trying to kill me. I must shoot him before he shoots me. I will…

My rifle and myself know that what counts in this war is not the rounds we fire, the noise of our burst, nor the smoke we make. We know that it is the hits that count. We will hit…

My rifle is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its sights and its barrel. I will ever guard it against the ravages of weather and damage as I will ever guard my legs, my arms, my eyes and my heart against damage. I will keep my rifle clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will…

Before God, I swear this creed. My rifle and myself are the defenders of my country. We are the masters of our enemy. We are the saviors of my life.

So be it, until victory is America’s and there is no enemy, but peace!

Full Metal Jacket USMC Rifleman’s Creed Video

Watch a clip of the film “Full Metal Jacket” to see recruits recite the Creed of the United States Marine (aka, the Rifleman’s Creed).

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  1. I was wanting to know if you know of a website to download an audio file (such as .Mp3) that has the full Rifleman’s Creed, not the cut version from the movie/s Jarhead or Full Metal Jacket; rather a full version of a genuine Marine reciting The Creed? Thanks!

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