A Proposed Form for Local Board Consideration of Conscientious Objector Claims

The general subject of selective service reform contains enough problems to busy the proverbial thousand monkeys at a thousand typewriters for a thousand years in an effort to solve just one. A solution to one of these problems, conscientious objection, would surely justify the effort. But this article, being the work of a single man using a single typewriter over a period considerably less than a year, makes no such pretense. Unlike most of the books, articles, and commission reports dealing with the selective service law, and conscientious objection in particular, this article is concerned primarily with procedural rather than substantive issues. It is a plea for an administratively imposed requirement that a standard form be used by local boards in considering conscientious objector claims.