By Deborah Karpatkin and Peter Goldberger This article was published in the Spring 2016 issue of On Watch. Much has been written about the Hobby Lobby cases, both before and after those important June 2014 Supreme Court decisions. Those favoring robust enforcement…Read More »
By Maria Santelli, Center on Conscience and War Published in the Spring 2016 issue of On Watch. It’s called the Conscience Committee and it is a committee of the Army. It is not clear exactly who they are or what defines the…Read More »
By Deborah H. Karpatkin The years 2005-2011 saw a number of federal court cases considering habeas corpus applications from military conscientious objectors. These cases were ably considered in Steve Collier’s excellent article in the March 2011 issue of On Watch. Today, with…Read More »
Read online Print (PDF) This is an January 2014 update that replaces the 2007 memo titled Medical Discharge and Retirement. The revision was done by Alison Carter, Kathleen Gilberd, Jeff Matus, and Katie Tastrom, with helpful comments from Kit Anderton and Lenore Yarger. Update to…Read More »
This memo, updated as of Oct. 2013, gives an overview of administrative discharges and procedures for challenging them. It is written for Written for attorneys and counselors, but can also be helpful for servicemembers who are facing involuntary discharge.
By Bill Galvin In a new version of Marine Corps Order (MCO) 1306.16, issued in June of this year, the Department of the Navy, Marine Corps Headquarters, heightened the evidentiary standard a conscientious objector (CO) must meet. This reissue rescinds the previous…Read More »
A basic guide to how the VA system works and how to get earned benefits, along with practice pointers for vets and their advocates. By Becca von Behren Whether a service member wants to stay in the military or is fighting to…Read More »