a. First aid should be provided for all wounded. Protect them against ill treatment.
b. EPW/CIs are protected from harm, guarded, and kept silent. EPW must be protected from
hostile fire in the battle area. Also, EPW may not be murdered, mutilated, tortured, or degraded. EPW
are not allowed to talk among themselves. They might plan an escape or attempt to organize against
c. EPW/Cls are searched and tagged. They are segregated by sex, rank, and status.
(1) Search: EPW must be searched for concealed weapons and documents of intelligence
value. Ensure that all EPW are tagged (capturing unit, location, etc.).
(2) Segregate: Segregate EPW by category first: male, female, officer, noncommissioned
officer, private, civilian, etc.
d. Only authorized items are retained by EPW. All of their protective equipment, clothing badges,
rank, articles for eating (except knives and forks) may be kept. Money and valuables are receipted on
DA Form 4137.
3. Division Forward EPW Collecting Point.
a. This point is set up in or near the brigade support area. The size of the enclosed area and the
number of guards will depend upon the number of EPW or other detainees at brigade level. Use
partially fenced area using concertina wire. Ensure maximum security of EPW with a minimum of
guards. In the absence of an enclosed area, the limits of the forward EPW collecting point should be
visibly defined. The forward EPW collecting point must be capable of easy displacement due to
changes in the tactical situation.
b. The division MP supporting the brigade are responsible for the forward EPW collecting point.
The actual operation is conducted by an MP guard. The platoon may not be able to operate the
forward EPW collecting point and perform other required missions at the same time. The platoon
leader must then request support from the division company commander.
c. Functions at the division forward collecting point include:
(1) Accept and secure all EPW from the brigade combat troops. Issue receipts for anything
received from the escorting guards.
(2) Segregate EPW by sex, rank, and nationality.
(3) Provide adequate medical supplies to enable EPW to treat minor wounds. Wounded or sick
EPW are sent to the brigade medical detachment for treatment and/or evaluation. Provide shelter to
protect EPW from the elements. The first EPW can dig a number of foxholes.