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Honor, Courage, and Commitment: The United States Navy

Updated on June 21, 2009


The United States Navy follows three major words as core values to develop positive relationships with people, countries, and governments.

Honor, Courage and Commitment were the words I swore to. They were the seeds considered necessary to be successful toward a vital decision process in the management of human lives.

One word but yet so sound, the word Honor is an absolute decision in itself. It is the decision with action to value others and ourselves with devotion. The United States Navy’s definition of Honor is, “ I will bear true faith and allegiance ...” Accordingly, we will: Conduct ourselves in the highest ethical manner in all relationships with peers, superiors and subordinates; Be honest and truthful in our dealings with each other, and with those outside the Navy; (United States Navy, n.d., ¶ 2)…” The United States Navy has followed this ethical code of Honor by providing life changing and saving duties around the world.


With honor we build comradeship and with comradeship we build Courage. Courage is a “mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty (Merriam Webster, n.d. ¶ 1).” The United States Navy’s definition of Courage is, “I will support and defend ..." Accordingly, we will have: courage to meet the demands of our profession and the mission when it is hazardous, demanding, or otherwise difficult (United States Navy, n.d., ¶ 3).” The spirit of courage is strength and effort in teamwork. A senior’s ethical courage to make the right decision is only as courageous as those whom he or she employs to courageously follow that decision. Maneuverability and resourcefulness of courage, educates an enhanced understanding of different tasks that must to be encountered. Understanding that other people who are a part of your team provide as much hard work to making decisions, provides the courage to trust. Trust allows a team to plan and look ahead and nurtures a relationship of trust amongst people affected by their actions, e.g. civilians and other governments.


The United States Navy’s definition of Commitment is "I will obey the orders ..." Accordingly, we will: Demand respect up and down the chain of command; Care for the safety, professional, personal and spiritual well-being of our people (Merriam Webster, n.d. ¶ 1)…." Commitment is a principle structure of moral value and fervent virtue. Commitment is a duty to declaration, others, and ourselves. It defines Honor and Courage. We must commit to Honor and Courage with responsibility to any task or plan regardless of the consequence. We understand that all decisions we make are commitments to saving or improving someone’s life.

Honor, Courage, and Commitment are not just core values, but a code of ethics the US Navy performs daily. They are the words of personal and political survival. The U.S. Navy's behaviors through actions and conduct are direct representations of themselves, the institution itself, and measures the performance that allows people to trust its organization and maintain the positive, long-term relationships it has endured since its inception.


Cutler, T. (1999, March). The bluejacket’s manual: Blue Jacket Manual (22nd ed.). Naval Institute Press.

United State Navy. (n.d.). The united states navy, Honor, Courage, and Commitment. Core Values. Available from


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      6 years ago

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      8 years ago

      My son is on his 2nd day of bootcamp. I am trying to read as much as I can to better understand what he is learning everyday. God Bless the USA!!!!

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      andrew j.b.hastie * usmc 

      9 years ago

      8th jun 2011:courage & valor;usn & usmc

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      9 years ago

      My son is in Boot Camp right now. It's good to read this and have a better understanding of some of the things he is learning there.

      I am thankful for all who serve and have served our great country.

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      9 years ago

      Squared away sailor and would take a bullet for the USA

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      10 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Many of my family members are military they are officers and enlistees who have been proud to serve there Country. Thank you for the definition what the Navy stands for. :)

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      Navy Jobs Source 

      10 years ago

      Thank you for writing this hub and reminding people what the core values of the United States Navy are. These are definitely core values that are important in the Navy and outside the Navy, in everyday life.

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      11 years ago from Mililani, HI & Rye, NY

      Thanks for sharing Sandford...and I have to agree, those cores will forever remain on your mind. You did a great service to your country and the NATO fellowship!

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      Sandford Tuey 

      11 years ago

      Served in the Canadian Armed Forces 1976 to 1979 but at that time all the services were one so we did not know if we were Airforce, Army or Navy. All we knew was we were proud to be in Nato and help the planet learn honor, courage and integrity. It never leaves you...


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      11 years ago from Mililani, HI & Rye, NY

      LOL...dress right dress..."cover down, cover down recruit." Who could ever forget...Thanks rallen!

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      11 years ago from USA

      Ah a fellow in arms. Those cores never leave you, much like how even the memory of your dill's yell makes you want to dress right dress lol. A good hub.


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