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.