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The 11 General Orders

The 11 General Orders are the same wherever a Marine goes. I can't tell you just how long these orders have been in effect and unchanged, but I do know that my father who was an active duty Marine from 1942-1945 memorized virtually the same set of orders that I learned in boot camp in 1970. All Marines are required to memorize these general orders and to live by them any time they stand a post. You will remember these long after you leave the active ranks.

1. To take charge of this post and all government property in view.

2. To walk my post in a military manner, keeping always on the alert for anything that takes place within sight or hearing.

3. To report all violations of orders I am instructed to enforce.

4. To repeat all calls from posts more distant from the guardhouse than my own.

5. To quit my post only when properly relieved.

6. To receive, obey, and pass on the sentry who relieves me all orders from the commanding officer, field officer of the day, officer of the day, and officers and noncommissioned officers of the guard only.

7. To talk to no one except in the line of duty.

8. To give the alarm in case of fire or disorder.

9. To call the corporal of the guard in any case not covered by instructions.

10. To salute all officers, all colors and all standards not cased.

11. To be especially watchful at night and during the time for challenging, to challenge all persons on or near my post and to allow no one to pass without proper authority.

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