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Early Christian View of  War and Military Service

1-Military Conscription in Early Church History

2-Early Church Opposed to Military Service

3-Abandonment of Pacifist Principles

4-Pacifist Principles Retained by Minorities

5-Early Christian Witness

6-Scriptural References


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Communique Two

Communique Three

Communique Four




Number Three

For 19 and 20 year-olds, Parents and Elders.

Warning. If you have the current version of CCW/NISBCO's Basic Draft Information, don't use it. It is not accurate.

What Happens When a Draft Begins

Selective Service has two different draft procedures: Registrant Information and Management System (RIMS) and Registrant Intergraded Processing System (RIPS). At this point, Selective Service is undecided which procedure it will use. A brief overview of each follows. Don't worry about remembering them. Your committee stands ready to guide you through each step when a draft begins. The actions and words will be yours.


Beginning 3 days after the draft is initiated, 20 year-olds with lowest lottery numbers will receive a 1-A classification and a notice to report for induction within ten days. They will be inducted into the military in ten days unless they initiate an appeal with SSS Form 9. The registrant should immediately acquire Form 9 at the post office and check off all the classifications he qualifies for, such as, Conscientious Objector, student, hardship, etc. Mail Form 9 registered mail, return receipt requested, to the Area Office shown on your induction notice.

Within ten days report for your physical examination at MEPS. If you have already processed Form 9, you cannot be inducted after you pass the physical. We will instruct you how to prove you have processed Form 9 even if you have not received the return receipt requested. Then you will shortly receive SSS Form 22, the Conscientious Objector questionnaire. You will only have 9 days to return Form 22, registered mail, return receipt requested.

Next will follow a Local Claim Board hearing. If turned down, the Conscientious Objector can appeal to the Appeal Board, and if the Appeal Board does not unanimously deny his Conscientious Objector classification, he can appeal to the Presidential Appeal Board.

If the registrant accepts a 1-AO classification, he will be inducted into non-combatant service. If he receives a 1-O classification, he can negotiate with Selective Service for civilian work.


With the RIPS procedure you do not immediately receive an induction notice. By mailgram, 20 year-olds will receive a 1-A classification with a notice to report for a physical examination. If you pass the physical, Selective Service will notify you that you are liable to be inducted in the near future, but you can place a claim for a Conscientious Objector and other classifications.

Immediately secure SSS Form 8 (not Form 9). Fill out Form 8 and mail it to the Area Office by registered mail, return receipt requested. You will shortly receive SSS Form 22, the Conscientious Objector questionnaire. You will have 9 days to return Form 22, registered mail, return receipt requested. The balance of the RIPS procedure is the same as the RIMS procedure, which is outlined above.

Selective Service does not know which procedure they will use in the event of a draft. With both RIMS and RIPS procedures, you have only a short time, 9 days, between receiving a 1-A classification and completing Form 22, the Conscientious Objector Questionnaire.


Also, there is the matter of acquiring sincerity letters from Elders and others, especially non-Bible Students, in time to return them with the SSS Form 22. Do this now before a draft.

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. These five elders should consist of one from your class, but the others from classes as great a distance away as possible. This distance is important. It correctly gives the impression that you are active with Bible Students on a much wider level than your home area.

We suggest you consider the possible problem of sending to Selective Service letters from more than two Elders in your own class. In the world, some think mega church (over 1,000 members) when they hear of 3-5 ministers serving one congregation. If they learn there are only 10, 20 or 50 people in your class, it might send wrong signals.

Questions on CO Questionnaire

Take time now to carefully think out and write down answers to the following three questions, which are the most important features on Form 22. This way you will be fully prepared to dispatch Form 22 in the nine-day time frame when you receive it.

1. Describe your beliefs, which are the reasons for your claiming Conscientious Objection to combatant military training and service or to all military training and service.

2. Describe how and when you acquired these beliefs.

3. Explain what most clearly shows that your beliefs are deeply held. You may wish to include a description of how your beliefs affect your way of life.