Introduction to Navy Ethos

These notes are from an interview with the CNO about the Navy Ethos

MC2: What is Navy Ethos?

CNO: The Navy Ethos is who we are. It describes our character. It describes our values. It describes what we believe. And as a Navy it captures our character and says it very clearly.

MC2: How has Navy Ethos developed?          

CNO: Well in my initial Guidance, I talked on several occasions of having a Warrior Ethos and over the past year, I’ve changed that to [having] a Navy Ethos because it’s more than just for those who wear the uniform. It is our Navy civilians and it clearly is those who wear the Navy blue. And what we did was we went out and talked to the Navy, heard from the Navy and put together the thoughts that really capture who we are and what we believe in. We met with many Sailors in many locations and civilians in many locations. We took feedback literally in the thousands and from that we developed a very short statement that I believe says who we are.

Navy Ethos


We are the United States Navy, our Nation's sea power - ready guardians of peace, victorious in war.

We are professional Sailors and Civilians - a diverse and agile force exemplifying the highest standards of service to our Nation, at home and abroad, at sea and ashore.

Integrity is the foundation of our conduct; respect for others is fundamental to our character; decisive leadership is crucial to our success.

We are a team, disciplined and well-prepared, committed to mission accomplishment. We do not waver in our dedication and accountability to our Shipmates and families.

We are patriots, forged by the Navy's core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. In times of war and peace, our actions reflect our proud heritage and tradition.

We defend our Nation and prevail in the face of adversity with strength, determination, and dignity.

We are the United States Navy.

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