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Leadership – Describe the Code of Conduct

Describe the Code of Conduct 

Training Support Package (TSP) for the Marine Battle Skills Test (BST)

 

TASK Describe the Code of Conduct

CONDITION: Without omitting key components

STANDARD: Without the aid of reference

ESTIMATED TIME TO TRAIN: 5 minutes

ESTIMATED TIME TO TEST: 1 minutes per Marine

 PERFORMANCE STEPS: 

  1. State the purpose of the Code of Conduct
  2. State the origin of the Code of Conduct

 

REFERENCES: NAVMC 2681 – Code of the U.S. Fighting Force

SUPPORT REQUIREMENTS: NA

The Code of Conduct for members of the Armed Forces of the United States was first promulgated by

President Dwight D. Eisenhower 17 Aug 1955.  The code, including its basic philosophy, was reaffirmed on 8 July 1964 in DoD Directive No. 1300.7.  In March 1988, President Ronald Reagan issued Executive Order 12633, amending the code with language that is gender-neutral.  The code, although first expressed in written form in 1955, is based on time-honored concepts and traditions that date back to the days of the American Revolution.

PERFORMANCE STEP 1: State the purpose of the Code of Conduct.

The Korean War revealed a need to provide a standard of behavior for American military personnel engaged in combat and in enemy captivity.  The Code of Conduct required two things from US military personnel.  First, to fight until resistance is useless and second, continue resisting enemy captors when captured.

PERFORMANCE STEP 2: State the origin of the Code of Conduct.

The Code of Conduct was promulgated on August 17, 1955 in response to the behavior of US personnel during the Korean War.  In March 1988, the Code of Conduct was amended to make the language gender-neutral.  The legality and enforcement of the Code of Conduct comes from the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).

 

 

Describe the Code of Conduct

Evaluation Checklist 

 

EVALUATOR(S):

MARINE TRAINED:

DATE:

SUPPORT REQUIREMENTS: NA

EVALUATOR NOTE: Marines must answer or perform all the questions below without error in order to pass this event. The evaluator will guide the Marine being tested through the checklist by asking questions.

Performance Step Instructor Notes Pass or Remediate
1. State the purpose of the Code of Conduct. Marine should state the purpose of the code of conduct is to provide a standard of behavior for American military personnel engaged in combat and in enemy captivity.  The code requires Marines to fight until resistance is useless and to continue resisting enemy captors.

 

2. State the origin of the Code of Conduct. Marine should state the Code of Conduct was promulgated in 1955 in response to the behavior of US personnel during the Korean War.