Officer sues Army for conscientious o...

Officer sues Army for conscientious objector status

There are 7 comments on the Newsday.com story from Jul 18, 2007, titled Officer sues Army for conscientious objector status. In it, Newsday.com reports that:

“I truly believe that I would rather give my life than to take another person's life”

FORT DRUM, N.Y. _ A 10th Mountain Division officer serving in Iraq has sued the Army to gain conscientious objector status. via Newsday.com

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Shadow 1

Merritt Island, FL

#1 Jul 19, 2007
Coward

“Sgt. Potts Iraq Hero KIA 2004”

Since: May 07

Stinking CT Lord Help Me

#2 Jul 19, 2007
Wow if THIS isn't a stretch. The man VOLUNTEERED to serve in the military and is now a conscientious objector? It will be interesting to see him try to prove his case. I believe he'll end up discharged for psychiatric problems because this is just INSANE.
Veteran Fool

Schaumburg, IL

#3 Jul 20, 2007
Most stupid thing I ever heard. I am sure West Point is proud of him. I think a Court Martial in more in line for him.

“Sgt. Potts Iraq Hero KIA 2004”

Since: May 07

Stinking CT Lord Help Me

#4 Jul 20, 2007
Veteran Fool wrote:
Most stupid thing I ever heard. I am sure West Point is proud of him. I think a Court Martial in more in line for him.
As a vet you and I both know they will NEVER take it that far. I think he'll probably be dishonorably discharged which will change to an administrative discharge after a certain amount of time. He got the schooling so know he wants out. There's no place in the military for someone like him. I certainly wouldn't want to serve next to him would you?
john gibson

United States

#5 Jul 20, 2007
Whenever a person comes to realize that his actions are not moral, he should cease them. In a free society, each individual determines this for himself. Cowards pretend to believe in something that they don't. Enlistment in the US Army does not include the sale of one's soul. The courage and resolve it takes to do what this Officer has done is very substantial. You don't have to agree with him to recognize that. This tolerance for other opinions is the quality that makes our country uniquely great. Veterans who don't understand this could just as well have been fighting for any of the world's other armies, doing the bidding of whoever holds political power. The US Army, despite its flaws, stands for a great deal more than these guys ever knew about. That is a shame.

“Sgt. Potts Iraq Hero KIA 2004”

Since: May 07

Stinking CT Lord Help Me

#6 Jul 20, 2007
john gibson wrote:
Whenever a person comes to realize that his actions are not moral, he should cease them. In a free society, each individual determines this for himself. Cowards pretend to believe in something that they don't. Enlistment in the US Army does not include the sale of one's soul. The courage and resolve it takes to do what this Officer has done is very substantial. You don't have to agree with him to recognize that. This tolerance for other opinions is the quality that makes our country uniquely great. Veterans who don't understand this could just as well have been fighting for any of the world's other armies, doing the bidding of whoever holds political power. The US Army, despite its flaws, stands for a great deal more than these guys ever knew about. That is a shame.
Well John how long did you serve? Maybe I should ask did you ever serve at all?

The man VOLUNTEERED to join the military he wasn't drafted into it. He took a FREE EDUCATION from West Point a place where MANY OTHER PEOPLE would have liked to attend and then decides he's a conscientious objector. If you sign a CONTRACT are you allowed out of it simply because you change your mind?

When you join the military you SIGN A CONTRACT and take AN OATH TO PROTECT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THIS COUNTRY.

As a volunteer he isn't allowed to "change his mind." That's the way it goes and for YOU to judge VETS is really indicative of what YOU'RE made of.

Since: Feb 07

U.S.A.

#7 Jul 23, 2007
Non-combative duties? For heaven's sake, he's a damn pencil-pusher.
He should honor the terms of his (original) contract. Not serving the country - let him serve behind bars.

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