In the Sailor’s Creed, all Sailors attest that they “proudly serve . . . with Honor, Courage, and Commitment.” This seems a ringing affirmation of what the Navy refers to as its “timeless core values.” Further cementing the abiding nature of these values, we are told, “From those early days of naval service, certain bedrock principles, or core values, have carried on to today.” One might presume that honor, courage, and commitment have been both the Navy’s and the Marine Corps’ core values since 1775.
With respect to the Navy, however, these three values have been “timeless” only since 1992. Before then, honor, courage, and commitment were the core values of the Marine Corps. Between 1955 and 1992, the Navy’s “core values” were professionalism, integrity, and tradition.