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331-202-1050 (SL2) - Enforce Compliance with the Code of Conduct

Standards: Demonstrated knowledge of the six articles of the Code of Conduct by establishing and sustaining a chain of command, good discipline, and a means of communications. Provided positive moral, ethical leadership and direction on how to survive, evade, resist, and escape in accordance with the guidelines established in the Code of Conduct.

Conditions: As the senior military person in a unit where you and members of your unit are placed in a survival/evasion/resistance/ escape situation. All members of your unit have completed Code of Conduct training during the pre-deployment training phase.

Standards: Demonstrated knowledge of the six articles of the Code of Conduct by establishing and sustaining a chain of command, good discipline, and a means of communications. Provided positive moral, ethical leadership and direction on how to survive, evade, resist, and escape in accordance with the guidelines established in the Code of Conduct.

Performance Steps

1.   Demonstrated knowledge of Article I: I am an American fighting in the forces that guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense.

a.   Explanation.  The Code applies 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. interest and oppose U.S. enemies regardless of the circumstances.

(1)  Medical personnel and chaplains are given special "retained status" by the 1949 Geneva Convention including the GPW.  The GPW requires that medical personnel and chaplains be allowed to perform their professional duties while captured.  However, the captors control the degree to which these duties can be performed.  But, even while performing limited professional duties, medical personnel and chaplains are held accountable for all their actions.

(2) Recent experience has shown that captors have disregarded the GPW.  All confined personnel have been subjected to the same coercive PW management practices.  Therefore, all soldiers should be aware of the behavior standards of the Code and should receive training in its application.

(3) Past experience of captured Americans reveals that honorable survival of captivity requires that a member possess a high degree of dedication and motivation.  Maintaining this qualities requires-

 

2.   Demonstrated knowledge of 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.

3.   Demonstrated knowledge of 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.

4.   Demonstrated knowledge of 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 that 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.

5.   Demonstrated knowledge of 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.

6.   Demonstrated knowledge of Article VI: I will never forget that I am an American fighting for freedom, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles that made my country free. I will trust in my God and in the United States of America.

Evaluation Preparation: Service member will participate in class discussions and respond to instructor's questions about the six articles of the Code of Conduct as articulated in FM 3-05.71, chapters 2 and 13. Soldiers must be able to write or orally recite the six articles of the Code of Conduct.

Performance Measures

GO

NO GO

Demonstrated knowledge of the six articles of the Code of Conduct by reciting or writing them.

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Evaluation Guidance: 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.

References

 

Required

Related

 

AR 350-30

DODD 1300.7

 

FM 3-05.71