Like most things in bootcamp, memory is the beginning of full
understanding. therefore, your best bet is to memorize certain
things verbatim. Like General Orders and Leadership Principles,
the Leadership Traits can be memorized using memory aides.
Tip #1: There are 14 Traits and 11 Principles. These are
often confused. Imagine the two "i's" in the word "Principle"
as numbers, therefore, there are 11 "Pr1inc1ples."
Tip #2: The word "Traits" is short, like the word. The word
"Principles" is long, like the sentences.
Tip #3: Remember "JJ DID TIE BUCKLE." (I keep telling you,
the sillier, the better!)
Now you have the first letters and then you memorize the
rest. Normally, an inspector will ask you two or three of these
but it is best to memorize them all. The descriptions below
do not have to be memorized verbatim, just the traits.
The ability to weigh facts and possible solutions
on which to base sound decisions.
Giving reward and punishment according to merits
of the case in question. The ability to administer a system
of rewards and punishments impartially and consistently.
The certainty of proper performance of duty.
Taking action in the absence of orders.
Ability to make decisions promptly and to announce
them in clear, forceful manner.
The ability to deal with others without creating
Uprightness of character and soundness of moral
principles; includes the qualities of truthfulness and honesty.
The display of sincere interest and exuberance
in the performance of duty.
Creating a favorable impression in carriage, appearance
and personal conduct at all times.
Avoidance of providing for one's own comfort and
personal advancement at the expense of others.
The mental quality that recognizes fear of danger
or criticism, but enables a man to proceed in the face of it
with calmness and firmness.
Understanding of a science or an art. The range
of one's information, including professional knowledge and an
understanding of your Marines.
The quality of faithfulness to country, the Corps,
the unit, to one's seniors, subordinates and peers.
The mental and physical stamina measured by the
ability to withstand pain, fatigue, stress and hardship.