d. Corps EPW holding area: The corps MP brigade commander controls the corps EPW holding
area. He provides EPW escort guard support to divisions for evacuation of EPW through channels. He
handles transportation and provides for water and rations.
Temporary holding facilities:
Distance/conditions may preclude movement of EPW during daylight hours or within an 8 to 10-hour
period. Temporary holding may be needed. An existing facility that will provide shelter from the
elements and has a perimeter fence or other barrier for security should be used.
e. COMMZ: The MP PW brigade commander is the one who transfers EPW from the supported
corps. This includes providing guards and a place for overnight stops. He receives and processes all
EPW from corps.
The transfer of EPW from corps to COMMZ is done by MP escort guard companies.
f. Actions of the MP: Throughout the combat zone, EPW must be treated humanely but with
firmness at all times. High standards of discipline are required not only of the EPW but also capturing
and escort troops. Fraternization with EPW or abuse of them is not allowed. Also, abuse of EPW is a
violation of the UCMJ for which violators may be punished. The key to handling of EPW is "S-T-R-E-S-
S - SEARCH
T - TAG
R - REPORT
E - EVACUATE
S - SEGREGATE
S - SAFEGUARD
5. MP Units Involved in EPW Operations:
a. MP escort guard company (TOE 19-647L).
(1) The prime mission of the escort guard is to provide personnel for the movement of EPW/CIs.
(2) Combat zone.
MP escort guards are assigned to the MP brigade/group as required.
Normally one per corps.
(3) COMMZ. The MP escort guard company is normally assigned to and employed by the
prisoner of war brigade.
b. MP guard company (TOE 19-247). They provide status guard service for EPW/CIs. They also
perform security for prisoners and installations.
c. MP prisoner of war processing company (TOE 19-237). This company is to receive, search,
and process EPW/CIs. They prepare and process reports and records. They assign an internment
serial number to each EPW/CI. They furnish all data to the Branch Prisoner of War Information Center.
The unit is assigned to the MP EPW brigade (one per corps).