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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP23 Aug 2018 9:08 p.m. PST

….During World War II.

"The Selective Service and Training Act of 1940 gave these conscientious objectors the option of serving in non-combat military roles — such as the medical corps —or joining the Civilian Public Service for non-military "work of national importance under civilian direction."

Those who refused either option went to prison.

The PBS documentary The Good War and Those Who Refused to Fight It points out that roughly 43,000 Americans refused to fight in World War II and filed for conscientious objector status. Of those, 25,000 served as noncombatants in the military, 6,000 went to prison — one-sixth of the prison population at the time — and 12,000 served in CPS…"
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Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP23 Aug 2018 9:14 p.m. PST

They've done that from time to time, with regular troops too.

One of my cousins was assigned to morgue duty in Vietnam, as a conscientious objector.

His older brother recommended that to him, since he didn't think he'd be able to deal with the horrors of combat.

Not sure the work he was assigned to was much better.

The older one has been pretty messed up ever since he got back from Vietnam, while fortunately his brother seems to be fairly well adjusted to life, despite the stuff he had to deal with daily, while serving "in country".

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian23 Aug 2018 9:16 p.m. PST

They volunteered!

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