The Code of Conduct
(1) I am an American fighting man. I serve in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense.
(2) I will never surrender of my own free will. If in command I will never surrender my men while they still have the means to resist.
(3) 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) 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.
(5) When questioned, should I become a prisoner of war, I am bound to give only name, rank, service number, and date of birth.
(6) 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.
The prisoner in your hands
As a member of the U.S. military forces, you will comply with the Geneva Prisoner of War Convention of 1949 under these conventions
You can and will
Disarm your prisoner.....Immediately search him thoroughly.....Require him to be silent.....Segregate him from other prisoners.....Guard him carefully.....Take him to the place designated by your commander
You cannot and must not
Mistreat your prisoner.....Humiliate or degrade him.....Take any of his personal effects which do not have significant military value.....Refuse him medical treatment if required and available.
Always treat your prisoner humanely