From the thesis abstract: "The Code of Conduct was written and adopted to provide the American soldier with an ethical guide by which to formulate behavior while being held prisoner of war. Its development was based on experiences gained from large scale wars: Civil War, World Wars I and II, and the Korean War. Today American soldiers are involved in a new form of war--terrorism. An undeclared war in which military personnel face the same possible misfortune of capture and exploitation by the enemy as they have in previous wars. This paper will present the background of events which led to the formulation and adoption of our present Code and will examine its intended purpose. We will then determine why U.S. service personnel are taken hostage and how they may expect to be exploited. Finally, the Code of Conduct will be analyzed to determine if it provides adequate guidance by which U.S. military personnel can model their conduct if taken hostage."
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