- Rifleman's Creed
The Rifleman's Creed (also known as My Rifle and The Creed of the United States Marine) is a part of basic United States Marine Corps doctrine. Major General William H. Rupertus wrote it during World War II, probably in late 1941 or early 1942. All Marines learn the creed at recruit training and they are expected to live by it. Different, more concise versions of the creed have developed since its early days, but those closest to the original version remain the most widely accepted.
In popular culture
The creed has been featured in many different types of popular culture offerings. Most prominently, it has been depicted in war films about the Marine Corps, including Full Metal Jacket and Jarhead, set in the Vietnam War and Gulf War respectively, and both which depict recruit training.
The creed is heard in songs by Fear Factory ("Crisis"), Combichrist ("This Is My Rifle"), Suicidal Angels ("Battlefield"), Mos Def ("A Soldier's Dream"), Killarmy ("Under Siege"), and Feint ("Creed") It has received mention in several novels, including Cryptonomicon and Old Man's War.
A modified version of the first line of the creed is used in the 2010 game StarCraft II Wings of Liberty developed by Blizzard Entertainment. If the user persistently left clicks on a Terran Marine unit, he responds by saying "This is my C-14 Impaler gauss rifle! There are many like it, but this one is mine!" Another modified version of the first line of the creed was used in Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, again developed by Blizzard. Much like the Terran Marine in Starcraft II Wings of Liberty, if a Night Elf Huntress is persistently left clicked, she can say "This is my owl. There are many like it, but this one is mine."
- ^ a b Major General William H. Rupertus. "My Rifle: The Creed of a U.S. Marine". United States Marine Corps. Archived from the original on 2007-03-10. http://web.archive.org/web/20070310183121/http://www.lejeune.usmc.mil/2dmardiv/aabn/Rifleman.htm.
- ^ Major General William H. Rupertus. "My Rifle: The Creed of a U.S. Marine". U.S. Military. About.com. http://usmilitary.about.com/od/marines/l/blriflecreed.htm.
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