True or False: a "conscientious objector" is a person who refuses to participate in any war for moral reasons.

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marilynn07 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The American military only classifies one as a conscientious objector if one is opposed to all war for any reason, and only on religious grounds.  In other words, if you believe a particular war is immoral, that doesn't count.  If you would fight in a different war somewhere else or over a different reason, you would not be considered a conscientious objector.  If you objected to a specific war or any war on any grounds except a complete religious objection to all war, you would not be considered a conscientious objector.  If you were willing serve in a non-combat role, such as a support unit or as a clerk, or even as a medic, you might be able to do that.  On the other hand, many documented cases exist where draft boards or military authorities have denied such requests.

bgl5704 | Student

False. The person can refuse to go to war also for religious reasons too and still be considered a conscientious objector. Also the person can participate in the war through non-combative means and still be against the war itself.