Da pam 600 75 accommodating religious practices
Major Buxton established that a Soldiers duties could be consistent with the ethical framework established by his spiritual beliefs.In offering this conclusion of the role of leadership in building a strong ethical climate, there are those whose spiritual beliefs have historically provided an ethical framework to support a Soldiers duties to his or her country but whose beliefs/religious practices are not currently recognized by the Department of Defense, the selective conscientious objector.
York presented to his battalion commander, MAJ George E.
However much nations and individuals may and should stand committed to the prevention and suppression of war whenever and wherever possible, in a sinful world sooner or later situations will arise in which one nation resorts to aggression and attack upon another.
And when in such a situation honest efforts to come to a just and peaceful adjustment of differences with the aggressor have failed, the moral rightif not dutyof the assaulted nation to defend itself against the aggressor is beyond dispute.
AR 600-43 describes the administrative process of when a Soldier feels he or she can no longer carry out their duties because of conflict with a moral or spiritual belief that all use of force is wrong and that he or she can no longer serve due to conscience.
Much of the regulations and procedures concerning the application for conscientious objection came during the time of conscription by draft, as in the case of PVT York.
So you see my religion and my experience..me not to go to war, and the memory of my ancestors..me to get my gun and go fight. I'm telling you there was a war going on inside me, and I didn't know which side to lean to. It is a most awful thing when the wishes of your God and your country..mixed up and go against each other.