Chapel Hill Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends

531 Raleigh Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

We joyfully embrace the full spectrum of the light within, made visible through the participation of people of all beliefs, cultures, backgrounds, abilities, ethnicities and races, sexual orientations, and gender identities.

Information for Conscientious Objectors

Are You a C.O. and How Can You Prove It?

Many of our 18-year-old young people have sought support from our Meeting to declare a position as a Conscientious Objector, or CO. A CO is someone who, based upon moral, ethical, and/or religious beliefs, opposes personal participation in any and all war.

Currently, the U.S. has no draft, but it does have a Selective Service System (SSS) where all 18-year-old men must register within 30 days of their 18th birthday. For those young people who may be inclined to be CO's, the Meeting encourages them to make a statement to that effect when they register, or during their first contact with SSS (legally meaning the 30 day window after turning 18 years old).

Here are some CO letters written by young people in our Meeting.

Andrew Barker
Andrew Meriwether
Anna Young
Carl Hintz
Casey Webber
Colin Ulin
Eli Darnell
Emma Hulbert
Grace Schneider
Jackson Vickery
James Malone
Jessica Harper
John (the Quaker) Hite
Keegan Durovich
Mark Beisner
Michael Grathwohl
Milena Wuerth
Nick Mann
Peter Elkins
Rachel Leeman-Munk
Sam Leeman-Munk
Sebastian Green
Tristan Green

How to Become a Conscientious Objector
(by Curt Torell)


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