The Code of Conduct 

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 defense.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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AR 350-30 covers the Code of Conduct.

The Code of Conduct applies to all members of the U. S. Armed Forces, at all times.

There are six (6) articles in the Code of Conduct.

The Code of Conduct was established 17 August, 1955 by President Eisenhower.

The Code of Conduct was ammended in 1988.

The legal authority supporting the Code of Conduct is The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).