Members attempt to live by the Code of Honour not just while they are in uniform but when they are off “duty” also. Abiding by the code as a youth will see the Fian in good stead when they reach adulthood.
1. A Fian is Patriotic
He/she learns all about their country, knows its history and language, it’s of his/her ability. With that end in view, he/she makes it a rule… to do at least ONE thing every day for his/her country’s cause. He/she plays Gaelic games, sings of his/her country and he/she supports and encourages the purchase of home manufactured goods.
2. A Fian is reliable
He/she is truthful. His or her honour can be trusted. His /her word can be relied upon. He/she does not exaggerate or spread false alarms. H/she controls his tongue, and wins the respect of his friends and superiors. “He let me down once”: This is one of the most damning things that can be said of a person. It means that he/she will never be entirely trusted, never quiet believed, never fully relied on again. Never let this be said of a Fian.
3. A Fian is diligent
He/she works conscientiously for his employer and his country, and by study and perseverance he/she gets to the top in his particular profession. He/she is at the top because he remembers while doing his daily tasks, that it is not for himself alone that he/she is a Fian; that the good name of the Fianna is at stake; and that he/she is not going to let it down.
4. A Fian is kind
He/she is polite in his manners, conduct and language towards others. He/she known’s that the kind deed stamps him/her as a Fian, and he/she is ever ready to lead a hand to those who need it. He/she is a friend to dumb animals and will not harm or hurt them.
5. A Fian is obedient
He/she renders strict obedience to his/her superiors. He/she learns to obey before he/she commands; he/she learns to discipline and control himself/herself before he/she aspires to teach discipline to others.
6. A Fian is cheerful
He/she never sulks. He/she always has a cheery word and does his/her duty with a smile. His/her ever bright and smiling countenance radiates the sunshine of life wherever he/she goes.
7. A Fian is thrifty
He/she does not unnecessarily destroy what may be useful to others. He/she is as careful of other people’s property as he/she is of his/her own. When training or camping he/she is careful of the farmer’s crops and fences, and replaces the falling stone and repairs any other damage he/she may have caused. He/she does not gamble or spend his money foolishly.
8. A Fian is brave
He/she faces danger, knows no fear, and stands right on all occasions
9. A Fian is clean
He/she keeps his body and mind clean and pure. Every Fian learns to swim. He/she always turns up on parade with clean face and hands, clothes brushed and boots polished. A Fian does not associate with anti-social elements.
10. A Fian is humble
His/her aim is not to gain promotion so as to have authority over other Fianna, but to work to make himself/herself a better Fian and a better citizen of Ireland. Fine epaulettes and uniforms are not everything. In the Fianna there is no room for vainglory or self-importance. In the Fianna all Fian are equal; there is neither distinction of class or creed. Na Fianna seeks equality.
11. A Fian is temperate
He/she eats drinks and behaves in moderation at all times. Moderation is his/her motto.
12. A Fian is punctual
He/she is always on time. He/she makes it a point, whether on parade or at work, on business or pleasure, to be a couple of minutes before the appointed time. It is by strict observance of punctuality that it soon becomes a life long habit.