This is for a tattoo, so I want the meaning to be accurate. My friend who passed was an Aiborne Ranger and they had the motto of "Lead the Way" as they were the first into battle.
It will be next to "Carpe Omnia" (seize everything)
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There is imperative (a command): "duce" (singular); "ducite" (plural) = lead!
alternatively; "abduce"/ "abducite" = "lead away!"; "induce"/ "inducite" = "lead on!"; "adduce"/ "adducite" = "lead off!".
Please read the comments from cnread. Both versions are correct, just a question of time-frames. Interesting to note that, in Latin, "duc" also means "leader" or "general"; the source of English, "Duke". Sadly, to English ears, it may sound silly being pronounced "duck", as in "bird". By sound, "Hello duck," may not be the effect a military man, or anybody, would want to create?