US Marines Code of Conduct

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.

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 to 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 lawful orders of those appointed over me and will back them in every way.

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 or its allies or harmful to their cause.

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.

You can read more about the code here.


  1. Long time since I heard this, Bob. We held to this code in the army, too. I was never in harm's way, as is your son, but saying these words out loud while shouldering an M-16 still makes you think.

    Thanks for the reminder, and may the Lord keep your boy.

  2. That's truly awesome (and I mean that in the truest sense). Too bad that word has been overused to the point of near meaninglessness. I have great respect for the men and women that are fighting and dying for our country. I hope that your son remains safe.


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