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331-202-1049 (SL1) - Comply with the Requirements of the Code of Conduct

Standards: Acted in accordance with the standards represented in Articles l through VI of the Code of Conduct.

Conditions: Given a Survival, Evasion, Resistance or Escape (SERE) situation or a captivity environment.

Standards: Acted in accordance with the standards represented in Articles l through VI of the Code of Conduct.


Performance Steps

1.   Comply with Article I: I am an American, fighting in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense.

Explanation. The code apples to all service members at all times, whether in active combat, in captivity, or in peacetime as a result of hostage situations and terrorist activities. Members of the Armed Forces have a duty to support U.S. interests and oppose U.S. enemies regardless of the circumstances.

2.  Comply with Article II: I will never surrender of my own free will. If in command, I will never surrender the members of my command while they still have the means to resist.

Explanation.  Members of the Armed Forces may never surrender voluntarily. A soldier's duty is to avoid capture and return to friendly forces even when isolated, and no longer able to inflict casualties on the enemy or otherwise defend themselves.  The means to evade is considered exhausted when escape is impossible. The means to resist is considered exhausted when further fighting would lead to the soldier's death with no significant loss to the enemy.

3.   Comply with Article 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.

Explanation.  Members of the Armed Forces must understand that a captive situation is to be considered an extension of the battlefield and the enemy has used a variety of tactics to exploit prisoners of war in disregard of the Geneva Convention of 1949 Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War. These efforts have included physical and mental harassment, general mistreatment and torture, medical neglect, and political indoctrination. The duty of a member of the Armed Forces to continue resistance to enemy exploitation by all means available is not lessened by the misfortune of capture.

4.   Comply with Article 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 appointed over me and will back them up in every way.

Explanation.  Officers and noncommissioned officers will continue to carry out their responsibilities and to exercise their authority in captivity. Informing on fellow prisoners of war (PWs) is forbidden. PWs must especially avoid helping the enemy to identify fellow PWs who have information that is of value to the enemy.  These PWs may be made to suffer coercive interrogation because of their knowledge.

5.   Comply with Article V: When questioned, should I become a prisoner of war, I am required to give 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.

Explanation.  When questioned a PW is required by the Geneva Conventions and the Code of Conduct, E.O. 10631 and is permitted by the UCMJ to give name, rank, service number and date of birth.  Under the Geneva Conventions the enemy has no right to try to force a PW to provide any additional information.  However, it is unrealistic to expect a PW to remain confined for years reciting only name, rank, service number and date of birth.  There are many PW camp situations in which certain types of conversation with the enemy are permitted.  For example, a PW is allowed, but not required by the Code of Conduct, the UCMJ or the Geneva Conventions to fill out a Geneva Conventions "capture card," to write letters home, and to communicate with captors on matters of health and welfare.

6.   Comply with Article VI: I will never forget that I am an American, fighting for freedom, 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.

Explanation. A member of the Armed Forces remains responsible for personal actions at all times.  Article VI is designed to assist members of the Armed Forces to fulfill their responsibilities and survive captivity with honor.  The Code of Conduct, E.O. 10631, does not conflict with the UCMJ, and the latter continues to apply to each military member during captivity or other hostile detention.  Soldiers, whether detainees or captives, can be assured the U.S. Government will make every effort to obtain their earliest release.  Faith in one's country and its way of life, faith in fellow detainees or captives, and faith in one's self are critical to surviving with honor and resisting exploitation.

Evaluation Preparation: 

Setup:  Develop an exercise scenario based on wartime mission requirements (including geographical areas of deployment).  The scenario should reflect enemy doctrine, capabilities, vulnerabilities, political and cultural aspects and PW management procedures.  Develop a control plan, which incorporates the risk assessment and instructions for controlling and evaluating the player unit. Develop and design the intelligence information to be coordinated, synchronized and released to bring the play on the intended path. Test the soldier on his ability to apply elements of the Code of Conduct in a SERE situation or a captivity environment during the survival/evasion portion of the local Major Army Command battalion, company, or platoon field training exercise (FTX).  Maximum combat realism should be applied to tactical exercises consistent with good safety practices. The use of PW compounds and resistance training laboratories by other than USAJFKSWCS to teach Code of Conduct and SERE training is prohibited in accordance with AR 350-30.

Brief Soldier:  Tell the soldier the Code of Conduct provides him with a set of guiding principles, moral obligations and professional ethics to survive and return home with honor from a SERE environment and is not to be interpreted as a set of inflexible laws. Tell the soldier he is required to comply with the guidelines in the Code of Conduct and in FM 3-05.71, Resistance and Escape, chapters 2 and 13.

Performance Measures



1. Complied with Article l of the Code of Conduct.



2. Complied with Article II of the Code of Conduct.



3. Complied with Article III of the Code of Conduct.



4. Complied with Article IV of the Code of Conduct.



5. Complied with Article V of the Code of Conduct.



6. Complied with Article VI of the Code of Conduct.



Evaluation Guidance:  Conduct an exercise after action review to allow training participants to discover what happened, why it happened and how it can be done better.  Once all key points have been discussed and linked to future training, the evaluator will make the appropriate notes for inclusion into the score. Score the soldier GO if all performance measures are passed. Score the soldier NO GO if any performance measure is failed. If the soldier fails, show what was done wrong and how to do it correctly.





AR 350-30

AR 350-41


DODD 1300.7

FM 3-05.71