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What are alternatives in serving the United States?



The military is set up for defending our country,

our freedoms, and the American way of life,

although often by force.


Currently, all United States male citizens must register with Selective Service within 30 days of their 18th birthday.


If someone does not register, it is a felony, and the person is subject to a fine up to $250,000 and 5 years in jail.


A draft to call up people for service in the military can be authorized by the United States Congress. To read more about a draft, see the Christian Science Monitor write up at


The military may recruit heavily in middle and high schools. If you are interested in providing alternatives, check out the Coalition Against Militarism in our Schools.



Peace Corps volunteers serve in 72 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, and the Middle East. Collaborating with local community members, Volunteers work in areas like education, youth outreach and community development, the environment, and information technology.



AmeriCorps and VISTA are a network of local, state, and national service programs that connects more than 70,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet our country’s critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment.



Look at Nonmilitary Options for Youth at



Check out and consider working for the

          American Friends Service Committee

          Corporation for National and Community Service


Friends Committee on National Legislation

National Service Learning


Lutheran Volunteer Corps

United Nations

          Volunteering abroad



See our page on Conflict Resolution




Go to Other Links in this sequence:

What is a conscientious objector?
What are alternatives in serving the United States
Who should consider being a conscientious objector?
What do others say about conscientious objection?
What do Christians and the Bible say?
What do I need to do to become a conscientious objector?
Conflict Resolution
Other links to related organizations

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