Chakra Discussions

ISKCON and Conscientious Objector Status

by Madhava Gosh

Posted April 24, 2004

As the possibility of a resumption of a military draft is now being openly discussed in the US, I was wondering if anyone has any info on how all that played out in the Viet Nam era with ISKCON devotees. I have heard they were granted Conscientious Objector status. Does anyone have any paper work or references that would verify this? Is there some registration with the Selective Service that is on file? While some devotees may be of such spirit that they want to enlist, there are many who may find forced military service inconsistent with their spiritual path.