Sustaining the Transformation
U.S. Marine Corps
PCN 144 000075 00
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DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY Headquarters United States Marine Corps Washington, D.C. 20380-1775
28 June 1999
Our Corps does two things for America: we make Marines and we win our nation's battles. Our ability to successfully accomplish the latter, of course, depends upon how well we do the former. We make Marines through a process called
transformation. During this process, we change young
men's and women's lives forever by imbuing them with our
nation's highest ideals. Since the birth of our Corps,
Marines have been forged in the crucible of our entry-level training, whether it be recruit training or Officer Candidates School. Through the years we have refined and strengthened this process in pursuit of increasingly higher standards. Those who earn the title "Marine" have been polished and
honed by attentive mentoring and the application of our
time-proven leadership traits and principles. Transformation does not end at the conclusion of entry-level training; it continues throughout a Marine's service—whether that service
ends after a single enlistment or lasts 30 years. Marines
maintain standards that are consistent with our core values
of honor, courage, and commitment, and they are held
accountable for maintaining the legacy of valor established by the sacrifices of those Marines who preceded them. As
Marines leave our active ranks, they carry our timeless
values with them back to their civilian communities, and
our nation is stronger for it. This transformation, as timeless as the Corps itself, is our legacy to America.
Our Corps' survival depends upon the transformation.
Young Marines enter our Corps today with as much spirit and enthusiasm as ever in our proud history. They carry within their hearts the burning embers of zeal and devotion that were lit during their first meeting...