Young Americans declare themselves conscientious objectors after enlisting because they either have a religious conversion or find that they had unrealistic expectations of military service.
That observation was expressed by Chuck Fager, director of Quaker House, on News Talk Online on Paltalk.com today.
Fager says many who enlist have what he calls "a certain sense of unreality" until after their first dose of military training, after which, "a certain number of them come to an awareness."
Add to the mix, he says, misinformation that is provided recruits. He cites documented examples of recruiters telling potential enlistees that the war in Iraq was winding down, that the military was no longer sending people there but were, instead, returning troops home.
Clearly recruiters should not be misleading candidates for enlistment. But a young man or woman of the age of majority are old enough to know that joining the armed forces means they'll be expected to be prepared to use weapons against fellow human beings in a combat situation. Either they are OK with that or they are not. And if they are not, they shouldn't sign up, go through basic training, and then suddenly declare themselves conscientious objectors.