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ROYAL AIR FORCE. COMMON CORE AND DEPLOYMENT SKILLS AIDE-MEMOIRE

PRISONERS OF WAR (PW)

WHO IS A PW?

◉ Enemy Personnel. In or out of uniform who carry arms openly.

◉ Civilians. Who accompany the Armed Forces of the enemy, e.g., war correspondents, supply contractors, civilian members of aircraft crews.

◉ Crews. From merchant ships and civil aircraft belonging to the enemy.

ACTION ON CAPTURE

◉ Disarm.

◉ Search. All arms, equipment, maps and papers (except ID cards and ID discs) are to be removed. These are to be identified with the prisoner and the weapons (after having been made safe), evacuated with the PW whenever possible.

◉ Administer first aid. If necessary.

◉ Segregate. Officers, NCOs, Other Ranks, females from males, and juveniles (under 15) from both.

◉ Escort. To unit or sub-unit HQ as directed.

ACTION AT UNIT OR SUB-UNIT HQ

◉ Tag or label PW.

◉ Remove and tag or label: Weapons, documents or equipment captured with the PW.

◉ Do not remove: Clothing, protective equipment, personal effects, ID discs or documents, any medication, medical or religious accoutrements from medical or religious personnel.

◉ Safe custody: Treat humanely, shelter PW from enemy fire and the elements, provide food, water and protective clothing, move PW out of the combat zone as soon as possible.

◉ Do not fraternise with PW.

◉ Escort PW to collecting point.

Current UK policy is for PWs to comply with the 1949 Geneva Convention III on the treatment of PW, under which you are bound to give only 'surname, first names and rank, date of birth and any service number or failing this, equivalent information'. This information is known as the Big 4.

Additionally an individual's blood group and religion have been included on ID discs since 1907, and are therefore freely available to a captor.

CONDUCT AFTER CAPTURE

THE BIG 4 TOGETHER WITH THE ADDITIONAL ID DISC INFORMATION ARE KNOWN AS THE BIG 6.

◉ NAME. Only answer to 'what is your name?' Give it as first, middle and last names, in that order. If asked for your names individually your reply is to be: "I cannot answer that question, (ICATQ) Sir/Ma'am".

◉ RANK. Only answer to 'what is your rank?' "ICATQ Sir/Ma'am," if the question is posed any other way.

◉ NUMBER. Only answer to 'what is your Service Number/Number?' "ICATQ Sir/Ma'am," if the question is posed any other way.

◉ DOB. Only answer to 'what is your date of birth?' "ICATQ Sir/Ma'am," if the question is posed any other way.

◉ BLOOD GROUP. Only answer to 'what is your blood group?' "ICATQ Sir/Ma'am," if the question is posed any other way.

◉ RELIGION. Only answer to 'what is your religion?' Do not abbreviate, ie, C of E, etc, "ICATQ Sir/Ma'am," if the question is posed any other way.

TO ANY OTHER QUESTION YOU ARE ASKED YOU ARE TO REPLY: "ICATQ SIR/MA'AM".

DO NOT GET INTO AN ARGUMENT, SIGN ANYTHING, READ ANYTHING ALOUD, MAKE A VIDEO, SAY "YES" OR "NO".

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