What 17-Year-Old Quakers Should Do About Draft Registration: A Month-by-Month Checklist
Month 1: Think your position through and discuss it with mature Christian friends. Ask yourself: Are you a Conscientious Objector (CO)? (See General Information on Conscientious Objection and Worksheet on War Objection).
Month 2: Work through the Worksheet on Conscientious Objection and draft a “Statement of Conscientious Objector Status” (see Worksheet for guidelines).
Month 3-4: Formally notify your monthly meeting of your status. Be sure that their reception of your statement, as well as their support is minuted and made part of the monthly meeting record.
Make a list of 6-8 people you might ask to write support letters for you (See Guidelines for Support Letters).
Month 4: Send your Statement of Conscientious Objector Status to:
Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors
PO Box 42249
San Francisco, CA 94142
Center on Conscience and War
Washington, DC 20009
Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends
200 N. Meridian St.
Newberg, OR 97132
(503) 538-9419 FAX: (503) 538-9410
Ask to have your statement filed at the NWYM office.
Months 4-11: Contact people who know you well to write support letters on your behalf, in support of your taking the CO position. Ask them to write these letters. (You should have at least 3 letters). Tell them to send you two copies, and make one copy a part of your file at the NWYM office. There may not be time later. (See Guidelines for Support Letter).
Within 30 days of your 18th birthday, and no later than 30 days after your 18th birthday: Pick up a registration form at the Post Office. Fill it out and at the bottom write: “I am a conscientious objector to all war.” Photocopy this form twice before you turn it in. Mail one copy to yourself and don’t open it. Save the other copy for your file at the NWYM office; send it there. (We are aware that finding actual draft registration cards at the post office is becoming increasingly difficult; apparently the trend is to register online, where there is no opportunity to declare your convictions in the margins. However, Post Offices are required by law to make them available. So you either need to check several different offices or request that they provide one for you.)