This pledge is taken by all new Hospital Corpsman upon graduation of Basic Hospital Corps School. I can remember standing in the auditorium in San Diego, Ca, with my class members pledging the following:
The Hospital Corps Pledge
I solemnly pledge myself before God and
these witnesses to practice faithfully all of my
duties as a member of the Hospital Corps.
I hold the care of the sick and injured to be a
privilege and a sacred trust and will assist the
Medical Officer with loyalty and honesty.
I will not knowingly permit harm to come to
I will not partake of nor administer any
I will hold all personal matters pertaining to
the private lives of patients in strict confidence.
I dedicate my heart, mind, and strength to the
work before me.
I shall do all within my power to show in
myself an example of all that is honorable
and good throughout my naval career.