Many citizens have strong moral convictions against war and military service. Current law provides conscientious objector (CO) status which can relieve an individual of a requirement to either serve in the military or to serve in combat.
CO status is not easily achieved; the applicant must prove to an examining board that his/her moral/religious beliefs are sincere and well founded.
Meeting CO requirements is rarely accomplished by someone who does not have a clear understanding of both his/her own beliefs and of what the examining board expects of them. Members of the VEOP committee are familiar with the requirements of the law and can advise or counsel those who believe they deserve CO status.
Information necessary for potential COs, or for practically anyone considering military service, can be found at GI Rights Hotline.