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The Department of Defense (DoD) General Counsel welcomes you to this web site. We invite you to use this resource to understand the ethical standards that apply to every DoD employee, both civilian and military.

The General Counsel is also the DoD Designated Agency Ethics Official (DAEO) who oversees the ethics and standards of conduct programs throughout DoD, including providing guidance to the Army, Navy, Air Force, and DoD Agencies. These responsibilities are carried out through the DoD Standards of Conduct Office (SOCO), a part of the Defense Legal Services Agency.

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Updated September 2016

SOCO Advisory Number 16-03 is now available.  It can be accessed through the SOCO Advisory Index of the Ethics Resource Library.

The updated Encyclopedia of Ethical Failure and a separate document showing only the most recent updates now posted on the DoD Guidance Index.

SOCO Advisory Number 16-02 is now available.  It can be accessed through the SOCO Advisory Index of the Ethics Resource Library.

Updated 2016 Election Year Guidance and DoD Support information paper is available on the DoD Guidance Index.


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