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President Bush Has Declared War
In addition to
overseas military deployment, the war on terrorism might require a
large home defense army to secure the infrastructure of the
US—bridges, office buildings, oil refineries, communications,
Washington speaks of a protracted war of 5 to 10 years. Secretary
of Defense, Rumsfeld said, "No draft now, but . . ."
Probably the draft will not be activated, but all
19 and 20 year-olds must be prepared for the possibility.
Why? Twenty-year-olds will be the first called up in a
future draft. Conscientious Objectors will face an impossible time
bind unless they prepare ahead of time. At this point only males
would be Involved.
Shortly after receiving a 1A Classification and an induction
notice for military service, all conscientious objectors will have
about 9 days to answer the questions on SSS Form 22—the C.O.
Questionnaire. These questions are so probing that you will want
prayerful quiet time before the 9-day period to think out and then
put your thoughts on paper. Also there is the matter of acquiring sincerity
letters from Elders and others in time to return with the SSS
In previous drafts we have found one of the most effective methods
of proving one's sincerity was obtaining five letters from Elders
in different parts of the country that know you and will vouch for
your sincerity. This correctly gives the impression that you are
active with Bible Students on a much wider level than your home
I had many meetings with General Lewis B. Hershey, who was
considered the George Washington and Abraham Lincoln of Selective
Service. Upon his retirement, he wrote a personal letter
commending the Bible Students and our cordial relationship.
I would like to write a letter concerning your sincerity, which
would include a quote from General Hershey. For those I do not
know personally I could talk to you on the phone before writing
We want to especially make contact with all 19 and 20-year-olds.
We will work with you every step of the classification
process—giving suggestions, but the conviction and words will be
yours. Please email Christian Classics.
Of course, those 19 years of age will be eligible the month
they turn twenty. If the 20-year age pool is exhausted, each age
group 21-25 will be called in that sequence. This seems highly
unlikely at this point.
Whether consecrated or not, if you are a religious
conscientious objector to war and have not done so, write a letter
stating this fact with a short general statement and email to:
Also send a copy of your letter to the secretary of your
class. It should be filed as a permanent record. The earlier you
write this letter before the draft begins the more weigh it will
carry. A copy of this letter will be valuable during your C.O.
The purpose of our committee in this series of communiqués is
to provide as much practical information and advice to our young
people at this time as possible. Much of this advice was gleaned
from counseling during the last three times a Selective Service
draft was operative. We hope that this information is helpful, but
we recommend you actually work with the committee you feel most
If you are not certain about conscientious objection and would
like to discuss the matter, feel free to email Christian Classics.
Whatever you say will be held in strict confidence.