Information about Conscientious Objector status
A couple nights ago, I met a young college student who had been in Afghanistan with the military not too long ago. We were at a meeting about military recruiting, and how to protect high school students from the unscrupulous methods military recruiters will use to meet their quotas for fresh meat for Bush’s wars.
It turns out that this guy had successfully applied for conscientious objector status, while still a member of the military. After seeing what war was really like in Afghanistan, he decided that he could not take part in war any longer. It’s tricky for someone who has enlisted in the military, and then had a realization of conscience, but achieving an honorable conscientious objector discharge is possible.
He referred me to a web site that was helpful to him in his efforts, and I pass it along to others who are in the military even though have come to realize that war is the wrong way to solve problems. It’s called Peace Out. If you’re in the military and looking for a way to do the right thing, or if you know someone else who is in that position, check out the site, and pass it along.