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By General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., USMC
By MG Frederick M. Padilla, USMC
Chapter 1 | The Commission and the Oath
Chapter 2 | The Profession of Arms
Chapter 3 | The Officer in the Profession of Arms
Chapter 4 | The Officer at Work: The Ethical Use of Force
Chapter 5 | The Officer at Work: Leadership
Chapter 6 | The Officer at Work: Command
Chapter 7 | The Officer and Society: The Vertical Dimension
Chapter 8 | The Officer and Society: The Horizontal Dimension
Chapter 9 | Service Identity and Joint Warfighting
Chapter 10 | The Armed Forces Officer
Appendix A | Founding Documents: The Declaration of Independence
Appendix A | Founding Documents: The Constitution of the United States
Appendix B | Authorizing Statues for the Armed Forces
Appendix C | Service Values of the Armed Forces
Appendix D | Code of Conduct for Members of the United States Armed Forces
The Armed Forces Officer
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 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 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.
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.
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.
Executive Order 10631 (1955) as amended by EO 11382 (1967) and EO 12633 (1988)