Draft registration

Jun 29, 2020 by

As a staff member at the Center on Conscience and War (formerly the National Service Board for Conscientious Objectors), I feel moved to correct what Bob Hartzler said in his June 15 letter in response to...

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Draft registration

Jun 15, 2020 by

The June 1 editorial, “Women Feel a Draft,” says, “Now registration happens automatically when applying for a driver’s license.” Yes, if you complete the online form that asks you for your national...

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Women feel a draft

Jun 1, 2020 by

No one expects a military draft. The Pentagon doesn’t want one. The government hasn’t compelled anyone to fight since 1973. But in March, a national commission recommended requiring women to register for...

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U.S. MBs submit letter to national service commission

Dec 9, 2019 by

The U.S. Conferences of Mennonite Brethren Churches submitted a letter on Nov. 8 to the National Commission on Military, National and Public Service, affirming “many of the convictions” that other...

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Groups enlist unity

Oct 14, 2019 by

Opposition to military service continues to unify Anabaptists. An unprecedented number of Anabaptist groups found common ground this summer to sign a letter outlining concerns to the National Commission on...

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Consultation offers peace-church voice on military service

Oct 14, 2019 by and

As a federal commission reviews the Selective Service System and other issues regarding the American public’s relationship with military service, Ana­baptists have given their input. A diverse collection of...

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Neglecting our duty?

May 27, 2019 by

When I was a student at Hess­ton College in the 1960s, America was at war with North Vietnam. Many Mennonite young men did alternative service instead of being drafted into the military. In recent years,...

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Book review: Warriors who renounced war

Oct 22, 2018 by

Three decades ago, Julie Putnam Hart sat in a peace lecture opposing the Stra­tegic Defense Initiative, commonly known as Star Wars. Intrigued by the presenter’s journey, she wanted to understand how a...

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Commission reviewing national service, draft

Aug 27, 2018 by and

For much of 2018, a federal commission has been seeking input from the public on matters relating to national service and U.S. preparedness for a military draft. While few expect a draft to return, Mennonites...

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Draft a new solution

Jun 6, 2016 by

On May 17, the U.S. House of Representatives Rules Committee stripped a proposal from a defense policy bill that would have required women to register with the Selective Service, just like men already...

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