Conscientious Objection Background

A conscientious objector is an “individual who has claimed the right to refuse to perform military service” on the grounds of freedom of thought, conscience, disability or religion. In general, conscientious objector status is only considered in the context of military conscription and is not applicable to volunteer military forces.

In an all volunteer military, the definition skews a bit. You will see these applicants below, despite willingly signing up, seemingly changed their minds and wanted out.

Below, you will find the applications submitted to different armed services. As more are released, they will be added here. Note: The names are redacted under the FOIA exemption (b)(6), but you are able to see the reasoning in all the applications.

Department of the Defense Protocol

blank Department of Defense 1300.06 [20 Pages, 0.5MB]

Department of the Navy Protocol

blank Department of the Navy Protocol [14 Pages, 1.7MB]

Department of the Navy Applicants

blank Conscientious Objection Applicants, 2010-2014 [269 Pages, 36.3MB]

United States Air Force Applicants

blank Conscientious Objection Applicants, 2010-2014 [3 Pages, 0.9MB]

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