Protect What You’ve Earned (PWYE) is a simple decision-making framework, not a program. By orienting the Marine on his or her own actions, PWYE promotes internal individual accountability. PWYE reinforces key elements and standards of our Corps’ warrior culture: discipline, leadership, teamwork, action, accountability, excellence, and esprit. PWYE lives within our Core Values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment. Leaders may use PWYE as a catalyst for frank kneecap-to-kneecap dialogue with Marines, Sailors and family members about the risks and consequences of their individual actions.
Marines work hard to earn and uphold the title of Marine. The primary goal of PWYE is eliminating high-risk decision-making; thereby reducing sexual assault, domestic violence, suicide, alcohol and other substance misuse-related incidents. PWYE encourages Marines to safeguard their lifetime investments through low-risk decision-making.