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The Code of Conduct


Every Military Member is Required to Memorize This Code During Their Basic Training.

The Code of Conduct was put into effect after Korea when numerous POWs had collabrated with the enemy.
I

    I am an American fighting man. I serve in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defence.

II

    I will never surrender of my own free will. If in command I will never Surrender my men while they still have the means to resist.

III

    If I am captured I will continue to resist by all means available. I will make every effort to escape and aid others to escape. I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy.

IV

    If I become a prisoner of war, I will keep faith with my fellow prisoners. I will give no information or take part in any action which might be harmful to my comrades. If I am senior, I will take command. If not, I will obey the lawful orders of those oppointed over me and will back them up in every way.

V

    When questioned, should I become a prisoner of war, I am bound to give only name, rank, service number, and date of birth. I will evade answering further questions to the utmost of my ability. I will make no oral or written statements disloyal to my country and its allies or harmful to their cause.

VI

    I will never forget that I am an American fighting man, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free. I will trust in my God and in the United States of America.


 

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