Thursday, March 29, 2007

The Code of Conduct

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

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.

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.

Article IV: If I become a prisoner of war, I will keep faith with my
fellow prisoners. I will give no information nor 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.

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.

Article VI: I will never forget that I am an American, 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.

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