The Code of Conduct--Its Relevancy and Validity: 1955-1970
NAVAL WAR COLLEGE NEWPORT RI NEWPORT
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The Code of Conduct and National Policy pertaining to captured personnel subjected to cruel treatment was and is controversial. This study evaluates the relevancy and validity of Article V and applicable implementing instructions from 1955 to 1970. The research shows that irrespective of culture values, background characteristics, or type of character structure, cruel treatment and psychological pressure succeeded--in some cases--in forcing collaboration. The study concludes that Article V and applicable implementing instructions were never realistic or valid for captives subject to cruel treatment trends in the American character-- away from commitment--have made them less valid therefore, members of the armed forces cannot be expected to strictly adhere to their provisions. A short term revision of Article V and applicable implementing instruction is recommended and a possible long term solution suggested.