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Marine Corps Leadership Traits

 

 
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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.


Judgment
The ability to weigh facts and possible solutions on which to base sound decisions.

Justice
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.

Dependability
The certainty of proper performance of duty.

Initiative
Taking action in the absence of orders.

Decisiveness
Ability to make decisions promptly and to announce them in clear, forceful manner.

Tact
The ability to deal with others without creating offense.

Integrity
Uprightness of character and soundness of moral principles; includes the qualities of truthfulness and honesty.

Enthusiasm
The display of sincere interest and exuberance in the performance of duty.

Bearing
Creating a favorable impression in carriage, appearance and personal conduct at all times.

Unselfishness
Avoidance of providing for one's own comfort and personal advancement at the expense of others.

Courage
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.

Knowledge
Understanding of a science or an art. The range of one's information, including professional knowledge and an understanding of your Marines.

Loyalty
The quality of faithfulness to country, the Corps, the unit, to one's seniors, subordinates and peers.

Endurance
The mental and physical stamina measured by the ability to withstand pain, fatigue, stress and hardship.

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