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.
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
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
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.
Medical personnel and
chaplains are given special
"retained status" by the
1949 Geneva Convention including
The GPW requires that
medical personnel and chaplains be
allowed to perform their
professional duties while
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
Recent experience has shown
that captors have disregarded the
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
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
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.
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
knowledge of the six articles of the
Code of Conduct by reciting or writing
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.