Service over reward in a profession service is

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Service Over RewardIn a profession, service is emphasized over personal reward. No one should associate themselves with the Marine Corps in anticipation of personal reward. People who are seeking self-aggrandizement in our profession standout like sore thumbs, and their actions tend to splinter our goals and detract from esprit de corps. Being a Marine often requires personal and family sacrifices not expected of the average citizen or of other professionals.Self-GoverningA profession is self-governing and responsible for policing its own ranks. The UCMJ, theCode of Conduct, and Title 10 of the U.S. Code apply to all of the Armed Forces, yet each branch of Service administers to itself and establishes its own standards and regulations to meet its peculiar needs. The Marine Corps has both general and specific means of governing itself. Its most effective form of self-governing comes from holding each other accountable, something Marines have done better than any other Service since the birth of the continental Marines and their days of enforcing regulations aboard ship.
THE PROFESSIONAL MARINEBeing a Marine does not automatically qualify a person as a professional nor is professionalism associated with any particular rank. Professionalism is a matter of the way one conducts themselves, and Marines are subject to strict codes of conduct that guard our ethical and moral obligations,and keep our honor clean. Marines who lack professionalism adversely impact their units and the Marine Corps as a whole. Every Marine has the ability to be a professional to the extent that they practice the characteristics of our profession and honor our code of conduct.FOSTERING PROFESSIONALISMAlong with leadership traits and principles, continue to emphasize the essential functions of daily life as a Marine. Execute all orders immediately, to the best of your ability, working thoroughly and conscientiously. Maintain a positive attitude in your approach to all tasks, requirements, desires, disappointments, etc. Adhere to basic principles of leadership as appropriate to your rank and billet. Carry out the six troop-leading steps as appropriate to your rank and billet with particular emphasis on the supervisory aspects; pay attention to detail. Strive for excellence in all that you do, or in that which is demanded of you. Set a definite goal for yourself now and continuously and persistently work toward that goal. Don't procrastinate. Maintain yourself in the best physical condition. Don't be satisfied or complacent with that which you have, but strive continuously to improve yourself. Maintain an immaculate and well-groomed appearance at all times. Along with leadership traits and principles, continue to emphasize the essential functions of daily life as a Marine.

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