Warning: You are not logged in. Your IP address will be publicly visible if you make any edits. If you log in or create an account, your edits will be attributed to your username, along with other benefits. Anti-spam check. Do not fill this in!===Duty of obedience=== Above all, subordinates must obey their superiors and must inform superiors of non-executed orders or unreached aims. Subordinates must execute military orders: * with their best effort * completely and * immediately.<ref name="SG § 12">[http://www.buzer.de/gesetz/2246/a31647.htm § 11 SG "Obedience"]</ref> Although a superior must verify his orders, the recipient must also do so. First he would have to verify whether an instruction was given by a defined military superior according to the ''Vorgesetztenverordnung''. If not, it would not be a military order with claim to obedience. If he executed this "military non-order", he would be responsible for possible consequences. If the instruction is given by a military superior, he must verify whether he must obey, can obey, or must refuse to obey. Generally he has to obey. He ''can but need not'' obey if the order has obviously no legitimate aim (e. g. "clean my boots" in usual situations), violates the soldier's ''own'' human dignity (e. g. "run into the city and shout that you are a fool"), or is unconscionable (e. g. obliges the soldier to spend amounts of his own money above limits mentioned in directives). He ''must not'' obey if the order violates ''others<nowiki>'</nowiki>'' human dignity, international law or consists of a crime (including a misdemeanor). Otherwise, subordinates are guilty of their deeds if their criminal character was obvious to them.<ref name="SG § 12" /> Obviously-unavoidable errors may remain unpunished.<ref>[http://www.gesetze-im-internet.de/wstrg/__22.html § 22 WStG Bindingness of an order, error]</ref> Apart from that, it is not the soldier's job to investigate the entire legitimacy of the order; e. g. whether the not obviously lacking official aim actually existed, or whether non-penal laws or directives of the Ministry were complied with. In particular, a soldier must obey to commit a [[contravention]]. In these cases, the commanding superior has the entire responsibility for the act. It might, though, be comradely to bring an error to the superior's attention, and the soldier is not to be punished for doing so. Summary: Please note that all contributions to the Military Wiki are considered to be released under the CC-BY-SA Cancel Editing help (opens in new window) Retrieved from "https://military.wikia.org/wiki/Command_and_obedience_in_the_Bundeswehr"