By Lieutenant Commander R. Kamille Williams, U.S. Navy | September 19, 2022

“I am committed to excellence and the fair treatment of all.”

That is the last line of the Sailor’s Creed.

The word creed is from the Latin word credo which means “I believe.” The Sailor’s Creed is supposed to articulate what we believe as sailors. We are sailors first. We are not our racial, gender, or ethnic classification. We are sailors. Too many within the ranks hold onto their individual identities and tribes outside of the Navy. Even within the Navy, too many base their identity around their rating, community, and rank. There is not one cohesive sailor identity.