When the UNSC went public with the SPARTAN-II program, the Office of Naval Intelligence feared that reports of Spartan losses would cause a crippling loss of morale throughout the UNSC. To prevent this, ONI Section Two issued a directive requiring the falsification of any circumstances regarding the deaths of Spartans, specifically, it banned the application of KIA status to Spartan personnel. The protocol created and maintained the myth that Spartans never die, and led to the common use of the bitterly ironic phrase "Spartans never die" among the Spartans themselves. This has not gone unnoticed by the Covenant, whose members (including Prophets) often refer to Spartans as "demons", due to their ability to kill thousands of Covenant infantry at a time without dying.
Office of Naval Intelligence Section Two Directive 930
Application to SPARTAN-IIIsEdit
Just before his death, SPARTAN-II Kurt-051 lists the status of two deceased SPARTAN-III's as MIA, "adhering to the tradition of never listing a fallen Spartan as 'killed in action' ". However, this was likely more sentimental than official, as ONI Directive 930 was specific to the SPARTAN-IIs' publicity. In fact, the SPARTAN-III program was never even intended to go public due to concerns about a negative effect on morale and faith in the UNSC.
- The tradition was broken for John-117 at the end of the war where many people refer to him as being KIA.
- This is ironic as he is one of the few SPARTANs to actually be MIA.
- Despite this he is still listed as KIA on the Hillside Memorial.
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SPARTAN-II MIA Protocol • SPARTAN-II Training • Spartan Neural Interface • Spartan Signals • Oly Oly Oxen Free