7. Have you started to feel very strongly that warfare, or a specific order, is morally wrong?

If you have started to feel that warfare in general, or a specific operation, is morally wrong – strongly at odds with your conscience – then you could be experiencing a ‘conscientious objection’.

Conscientious objection can lead to release from the army, but it’s not an easy option.

You have a right to apply formally to your Commanding Officer but you have to provide evidence in support of your case.

The chain of command makes a decision; if your application is rejected there is a right of appeal.

Applying as a conscientious objector is not an easy option as it can put you into conflict with your mates and with the army (the army doesn’t want soldiers leaving on grounds of conscience in case others get the same idea).

Most soldiers in this position find other ways to leave the army if they can, but some apply for conscientious objector status because the principle is important to them.

But if you think you might have a conscientious objection, you can contact us first for more information.

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