Proving you are a CO

By Jason Boone
Monday, March 6, 2017

‚ÄčPreparing to prove to SSS that you're a peacemaker

If you are reading this, you're old enough to begin keeping a 'Peacemaker File' (sometimes called a Draft File.) If you are called before a draft board to prove that you are a CO, this file is your evidence. Into your file place anything about you that describes how you are living your choice for peace. This might include: 

  1. a statement of your beliefs-update every year or two, but keep the older ones,

  2. something you've written that shares your peace beliefs publicly (a paper for a school class, a letter to editor of a newspaper, your confession of faith when you are baptized, a letter to a legislator*),

  3. photos taken of you on a service project or peace witness and your thoughts about the experience,

  4. Bible verses that lead you toward peace and your thoughts about them,

  5. a letter from an adult who affirms that you live for Jesus' peace,

  6. your Peacemaker Registration Form , and

  7. a copy of your Selective Service registration (if you are male, when you turn 18).

Keep one complete copy of your Peacemaker File with you for quick access and another at your congregation or conference office, or any other draft counseling agency. There are two reasons for the second file: 

  1. Someone there can add a letter of testimony to your maintenance of the file and stamp each new piece with the date received.

  2. The second set of papers is also a safeguard against fire, flood or misplacing your own file.

Write to your U.S. senators and representative and urge that the Selective Service System be closed, mentioning your spiritual and biblical objections to war, violence and the conscription system. Point out that the present registration system for the draft is ineffective and inefficient, since people in this age group move approximately every six months and the yearly cost to maintain this system is $25 million.

 

 

 

 

https://www.pjsn.org/resources/military/draft/Proving-you-are-a-CO

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