The Marine Corps recognize three core values: honor, courage and commitment. These values make up the bedrock of the character of each individual Marine. They are the foundation of the corps. These three values have been handed down from generation to generation, and have made U.S. Marines the Warrior Elite.
Simply state, courage is honor in action — and more. Courage is moral strength, the will to heed the inner voice of conscience, the will do what is right regardless of the conduct of other. It is mental discipline, an adherence to a higher standard. Courage means willingness to take a stand for what is right in spite of adverse consequences. This courage, throughout the history of the Corps, has sustained Marines during the chaos, perils, and hardships of combat. When other principles are tested, it’s courage that prevents them from crumbling. It isn’t ignoring fear, but being stronger than fear. Courage is the guardian of all other values. It is there when times are toughest, when difficult decisions have to be made. It takes the form of mental, physical and ethical strength, and is found in the backbone of every Marine.
The value of courage as a Marine, it’s physical, it’s moral; there’s more to it than just the word. It’s definitely what’s deep down inside of you. There’s gonna come a point in time when you’re gonna have to rely on on the courage and the courage alone.Courage isn’t the absence of fear but it’s the will to push through that fear.