I am writing this letter with the intent of achieving conscientious objector status in the eyes of the military and separation from military duties.
I stand firmly in my belief that the intentional extinguishment of human life in any form is unwarranted in any way. Human beings past and present have been told that we must band together and make war upon our brothers and sisters in order to establish peace. I pose the question to myself as well as anyone reading this. At which point will man realize that war has not and will not bring peace to this world? The answer I hold dear is never. The establishment of war and violence is a perpetual system that runs on greed, power, and the blood of our fellow brothers and sisters. My duty as a follower of Christ and moreover as a human being is to show my fellow brothers and sisters that this is not the way. I have always known this and regret my decision to become part of an organization whom supports this ideology. It hurts me deeply that everyday what I do is directly connected to the deaths of others. I know that my family holds pride in the occupation I now hold as well as other Americans but I personally feel that Jah is disappointed in me because he knows that I know better. I regret to confess that I joined this organization with selfish intentions. I come from a financially limited background so to speak and I made the mistake of thinking that furthering my worldly status would bring me happiness. The condition of my soul reflects that I have been wrong all along. Though I didn't have much financially I was still a very happy person, it was not until I envied the possessions of others I began to seek a selfish way out. Today I know I was wrong. Jah gave me an intelligent mind to gain these things without taking the easy way out.
In the publication regarding "applying" for CO status it states that I must explain which situations I warrant the justification of using "force." It then depends on how one defines force. To me "force" is physically imparting ones will upon another with intentions of incapacitation or death upon his opposer. In this way I do not believe in using force. If a man tried to hit me I would not feel the need to hit him back, I might dodge his blows or nudge him to the side as a way to escape. Or I might stand by and allow him to hit me. I am not afraid of death. If a man came into my house and tried to harm my family I would incapacitate him as best I could until the authorities came. This portion is hard to explain because it is too broad and the answers are all relative to the situation.
Next it says I must identify which "organizations" have "influenced" me in my decision. To that I can not accredit to an specific organization. I can only accredit my decision to Jah and his word in the Bible as the influence. In todays society my reasoning is considered an oddity. In this respect it is an "original thought" which everyone is perfectly capable of having. Personally I wouldn't call it new or original, it is just a life style derived from the life Jesus thus it is what I see as "real Christianity." Where the majority has a "religion" I have a way of life.
In conclusion, there are many concepts that I hold dear which are unique in comparison to society and in order to express them more accurately I might need to write an entire book. My separation from the military is merely one change I need to make to live my life properly. I cannot and will not continue to serve the military and disobey Jah. Please expedite this request as swiftly as possible. Thank you.