Conducting yourself under the Code Of Conduct Task: Comply with the requirements of the code of conduct. Conditions: In a classroom setting Standard: Act according to the standards presented in article 1 through article 6 of the code of conduct shown in basic warrior skills 3-21 Risk Assessment: Low Today we will be conducting a class on the U. S. Armies Code of Conduct. Article 1 states “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. ” What does that mean to you?
The code applies to all U. S. forces at all times whether in active combat, in captivity, or in peacetime situations. Members of the U. S. Armed Forces have a duty to support U. S. interests and oppose U. S. enemies regardless of the circumstances. Article 2 states “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. ” What does that mean to you? Being a soldier in the Greatest army in the world, the United states army, you will at no time surrender voluntarily.
Soldiers are to avoid capture, even when isolated, and no longer able to inflict casualties on the enemy or defend himself. 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 sufficient loss to the enemy Article 3 states “ 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”
What does that mean to you? If you are captured and become a prisoner of war there are a few things you must understand. As U. S. soldiers we are bound to a treaty that the president signed in 1949, called the Geneva Convention, that deals with the treatment of captive POWs. In a present day situation the enemy we are fighting is not bound to any limitations as to how they could treat you, you must be ready to possibly be tortured, malnourished, mind fucked, and quite possibly die. Understand that the duty of a U. S. oldier to continue resistance to enemy exploitation by all means necessary is not lessened by the misfortune of capture. Article 4 states “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. ” What does that mean to you? Officers and NCOs will continue to carry out their responsibilities and to exercise their authority in captivity.
Do NOT speak to the enemy of other POWs, informing on other POWs in forbidden. Do not help the enemy find out who has valuable information because this could lead to torture or coercive interrogation of that person. Article 5 states “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 other 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”
What does that mean to you? If you are captured all you are required to give is name, rank, service number (social security), and date of birth. Keyword being required. It is unrealistic to think a POW will remain confined for years reciting only these 4 things so under the Geneva convention, Code of Conduct, and the UCMJ you are allowed, IF PERMITTED BY CAPTORS, to fill out a Geneva convention “capture card”, to write letters home, and to communicate with your captors in regards to health and welfare.
Say only name, rank, service number, and date of birth on any camera. If your captors are video taping you there’s a reason And there probably going to use it for enemy propaganda. The final article in the Code of Conduct Article 6 states “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” What does that mean to you?
You are a member of the American armed forces and are at all times responsible for your own actions. Article 6 is designed to assist members of the armed forces to fulfill there responsibilities and survive captivity with honor. The Code of Conduct, E. O. 10631, does not conflict with UCMJ, and the latter continues to apply to each military member during captivity or other hostile detention such as being taken hostage. Soldiers, whether detainees or captives, can be assured that the U.
S. government will make every effort to obtain there earliest release. Faith in ones country and its way of life, Faith in ones fellow detainees or captives, and faith in ones self are essential to surviving with honor and resisting exploitation. Check On Learning- set up a scenario where someone gets taken hostage and is tortured to try and extract information a short brief demonstration 5 to 10 minutes long and talk them through what they should be doing.