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January 13, 2005



No questions, really, though I find myself curious how you can become a CO after enlistment, since I thought that was something you had to prove was a longstanding belief system (my father got out of the draft that way). But it's fascinating and intense material. It's going to be a kickass book!


In the military, it's a mirror image of your dad's CO: if you were pacifist before enlistment, you joined under fraudulent circumstances (and could get slammed for it) -- but Department of Defense, all four branches, and the courts recognized that people's minds change. (For more details, see: http://www.objector.org/advice/conscientious_objector-12.html or, for an Army example and PDF link, http://www.army.mil/usapa/epubs/pdf/r600_43.pdf.)

The courts have even talked about a "point of crystallization," when the disconnect between one's developing beliefs and the job of a soldier/sailor/airman/Marine becomes too great to bear.

A law that's based on a belief that people change. How idealistic is that? And from the military, yet!

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