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 collaborated
with the enemy.
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
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
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.