Below is a mix of Navy SEAL creeds and ethos that have been collected from a variety of sources.
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Official Navy SEAL Creed From US Navy Website
“In times of war or uncertainty there is a special breed of warrior ready to answer our Nation’s call. A common man with uncommon desire to succeed. Forged by adversity, he stands alongside America’s finest special operations forces to serve his country, the American people, and protect their way of life.
I am that warrior.
My Trident is a symbol of honor and heritage. Bestowed upon me by the heroes that have gone before, it embodies the trust of those I have sworn to protect. By wearing the Trident I accept the responsibility of my chosen profession and way of life. It is a privilege that I must earn every day.
My loyalty to Country and Team is beyond reproach. I humbly serve as a guardian to my fellow Americans always ready to defend those who are unable to defend themselves. I do not advertise the nature of my work, nor seek recognition for my actions. I voluntarily accept the inherent hazards of my profession, placing the welfare and security of others before my own.
I serve with honor on and off the battlefield. The ability to control my emotions and my actions, regardless of circumstance, sets me apart from other men. Uncompromising integrity is my standard. My character and honor are steadfast.
My word is my bond.
We expect to lead and be led. In the absence of orders I will take charge, lead my teammates and accomplish the mission. I lead by example in all situations.
I will never quit. I persevere and thrive on adversity. My Nation expects me to be physically harder and mentally stronger than my enemies. If knocked down, I will get back up, every time. I will draw on every remaining ounce of strength to protect my teammates and to accomplish our mission.
I am never out of the fight.
We demand discipline. We expect innovation. The lives of my teammates and the success of our mission depend on me – my technical skill, tactical proficiency, and attention to detail.
My training is never complete.
We train for war and fight to win. I stand ready to bring the full spectrum of combat power to bear in order to achieve my mission and the goals established by my country. The execution of my duties will be swift and violent when required yet guided by the very principles that I serve to defend.
Brave SEALs have fought and died building the proud tradition and feared reputation that I am bound to uphold. In the worst of conditions, the legacy of my teammates steadies my resolve and silently guides my every deed.
I will not fail.”
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Other Navy SEAL Quotes / Ethos / Creeds / Mottos
Some people seem to think that the creed spoken by the actor in Lone Survivor who played Shane Patton is the actual Navy SEAL creed.
It’s actually called the Ballad Of The Frogman, and predates the Navy SEAL creed by quite some time.
It goes a little something like this:
“Been around the world twice, talked to everyone once.
I’ve seen two whales fck, been to three world fairs.
I even know a man in Thailand with a wooden bleep.
I’ve pushed more peter, more sweeter, and more completer than any other peter-pusher around.
I’m a hard-bodied, hairy-chested, rootin-tootin, shooting, parachuting, demolition double cap crimping Frogman.
There ain’t nothing I can’t do.
No sky too high, no sea too rough, no muff too tough.
Learned a lot of lessons in my life.
Never shoot a large-caliber man with a small-caliber bullet.
Drove all kinds of trucks 2bys 4bys 6bys and those big motherfckers that bend and go shhh shhh when you step on the brakes.
Anything in life worth doing is worth overdoing. Moderation is for cowards.
I’m a lover, I’m a fighter, I’m a UDT/Navy SEAL Diver.
I’ll wine, dine, intertwine, and then sneak out the back door when the refueling is done.
If you’re feeling froggy, then you better jump, because this Frogman has been there done that and is going back for more. Cheers, boys.”
That’s basically the toned-down, PG-rated version of the Frogman ballad.
I won’t post the other one here mainly because of our audience, but it’s a significantly more vulgar version.
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Here are a few other more popular ones:
“The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday”
This Navy SEAL motto hangs above the infamous grinder at the BUD/S Coronado compound and reminds students that every day will be a bit harder than the last.
“Be someone special.”
Also hangs above the BUD/S grinder, just above where the instructor’s platform is.
“It pays to be a winner.”
In SEAL training and in life, it certainly does pay to be a winner.
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