Code of Conduct

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Law of Armed Conflict
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International Law:
Law of Armed Conflict
Fundamental Principles
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MILITARY NECESSITY
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HUMANITY
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Only those acts of war which will likely
produce some military advantage
May not cause more harm, pain, destruction
of enemy than is necessary to defeat it
CHIVALRY
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Dishonorable means or conduct is forbidden
Specific Rules
for Conduct of Hostilities
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Examples of Prohibited Weapons
Lances with barbed heads
 Glass-filled projectiles
 Poison/poison gas
 Dumb-dumb bullets
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Refusal of Quarter
Use of treachery
Specific Rules (cont’d)
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Noncombatants
Rights of occupying army
Right to govern
 Can change the penal law for security of its
forces
 Can punish acts of espionage, sabotage,
and guerrilla activity
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Specific Rules (cont’d)
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POWs
Must be provided free food, clothing,
shelter, and medical care
 Medical personnel & chaplains must be
released (unless they are needed to minister
to their fellow prisoners
 May be forced to do agricultural and
domestic (as long as they don’t serve a
military purpose)
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Specific Rules (cont’d)
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Noncombatants
Temporary Custody - If holding them
temporarily for military purposes, they
must be treated humanely
 If accidentally injured - excusable if in the
course of destroying a military target (if
risk of injury is proportional to the military
advantage)
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Enforcement of
Laws of Armed Conflict
Public Opinion
 Payment Of Reparations
 Diplomatic Action
 Humanitarian Intervention
 Reprisal
 Reciprocity
 Criminal Liability
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SCENARIOS
What Would You Do
If You Were In The
Following Situations?
As a future Air Force
officer, you must
exercise strong moral,
ethical, and legal
behavior.