Ethics for SCOs

Ethics for SCOs

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Target Audience

This learning guide is primarily for Security Cooperation Organization (SCO) personnel but may also benefit staff officers and other officials at combatant commands (CCMDs) and other DoD organizations which deal with international partners and U.S. industry in an official capacity.


This learning guide was developed by DSCU as a ready reference for SCOs and related DoD personnel in their unique overseas environment. It is designed in part to remind SCOs that, while they are “away from the flagpole” of their headquarters, they remain subject to all legal and DoD policy guidance on personal standards of conduct. This includes the proper use of U.S. government funds and other resources and avoiding even the appearance of impropriety. The following topics are addressed:
  • Lesson 1 - Gifts and Meals
  • Lesson 2 - Official and Personal Travel
  • Lesson 3 - Conflicts of Interest and Post-Government Employment
This learning guide is for reference or professional development only. No certificate is awarded for completion.


This learning guide takes approximately 60 minutes to complete.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I obtain more information on this topic?

The primary resource for ethical standards applicable to all DoD employees is the Department of Defense Standards of Conduct Office (SOCO) website, available here.

The SOCO website contains the Joint Ethics Regulation, DoD 5500.7-R, which is a “single source of standards of ethical conduct and ethics guidance, including direction in the areas of financial and employment disclosure systems, enforcement, and training.” At the SOCO website, you can also subscribe online to the SOCO News List for updates.

For travel-related issues, you can also consult the Joint Federal Travel Regulations, Volume 1 (JFTR) for uniformed service members or the Joint Travel Regulations, Volume 2 (JTR) for DoD civilian personnel. Both regulations are available online here.

Finally, you can consult your ethics counselor in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) office of your CCMD or other parent organization.

Who do I contact if I have any technical issues with this learning guide?

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Course Login

Registration for DSCU courses is completed using the Cornerstone on Demand (CSOD) Learning Management System (LMS) hosted by the Defense Acquisition University (DAU). You will access the LMS using a dialog similar to that shown to the left. Click the "Need help signing in?" link (indicated by the arrow) if you need help.

If you are a student who currently occupies a Security Cooperation Workforce position, you should be immediately redirected to DSCU’s instance of the CSOD learning management system after logging into the DAU hosted site. If you do not see any DSCU courses available after login, you will need to take one of the following actions:

  1. Register for the Introduction to Security Cooperation Course (SC-101).
  2. Change your organization in your CSOD profile. Follow these Directions for Changing your Organinization so you can view your DSCU courses.

Click the button below if you are ready to proceed.

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