Code Of Conduct

In 1955, President Eisenhower enacted Executive Order 10631 entitled, “Code of Conduct for Members of the Armed Forces of the Unites States.” It outlines generally how a service member is to act in the event they are captured by the enemy.

I have always kept a copy of the Code of Conduct close to me, even since I terminated my contract with the Army in 2000. The behaviors prescribed by the code are ones based on principles of not only loyalty to country and to God, but also to the principles of freedom embodied in our founding documents. As flawed as those founding documents may be (I have my reservations), they too are based on simple principles such as the right to travel freely, and be free from unwarranted investigation.

My relationship with America has changed since I served. My relationship with my government now is one of distrust and disappointment. I do not feel accurately represented in the least, and the actions I observe my government take in my name are, in my opinion, criminal on the whole. As I consider my government, in collusion with corporate and other state actors, an enemy to humanity in general, I flip this script and apply the Code to myself once again.

I am a prisoner of war. I have been denied exit from this country, been unlawfully detained without my consent, and only under coercion and threat of punishment by incarceration do I comply with any government standards. I intend to reduce my dependence on this system which limits liberty, and encourage others to do the same, in an effort to starve the machine of its power, garnished through compulsory unlawful and unrepresented taxation.

My government employs similar tactics of coercion in faraway lands, with people who are not ‘my’ people, but people nonetheless. I have to assume that the vast majority of those people want nothing more than to get on with their lives and be happy, just like you and me, and don’t want to be bothered with war and its results. The wars that exist currently, are contrivances of theater, based on fabrication, and executed by authority of a media-manufactured consent of the people.

The people of America will speak with one voice, and they will speak in unison with voices all over the world the same thing. That thing that they will speak will be “NO!”


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

II. 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.

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.

IV. 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.

V. 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 cause.

VI. 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.

Executive Order 10631 – Code of Conduct for Members of the Armed Forces of the United StatesAugust 17, 1955

Office of the Federal Register

By virtue of the authority vested in me as President of the United States, and as Commander in Chief of the armed forces of the United States, I hereby prescribe the Code of Conduct for Members of the Armed Forces of the United States which is attached to this order and hereby made a part thereof.

Every member of the armed forces of the United States is expected to measure up to the standards embodied in this Code of Conduct while he is in combat or in captivity. To ensure achievement of these standards, each member of the armed forces liable to capture shall be provided with specific training and instruction designed to better equip him to counter and withstand all enemy efforts against him, and shall be fully instructed as to the behavior and obligations expected of him during combat or captivity.

The Secretary of Defense (and the Secretary of the Treasury with respect to the Coast Guard except when it is serving as part of the Navy) shall take such action as is deemed necessary to implement this order and to disseminate and make the said Code known to all members of the armed forces of the United States.



August 17, 1955.

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