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6 Myths About Conscientious Objection

Many people contact the GI Rights Hotline with questions about conscientious objection (CO).  This discharge is one of the few that you can actually request, and although it can take six months to a year to complete the process, applicants often leave the military with an honorable discharge and their benefits.  Unfortunately, many military members who would qualify as conscientious objectors have been discouraged by misinformation about who can qualify and about the process itself.  Read on to find out why conscientious objection might be just the right discharge for you.

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Hardship Discharge Not As Hard As Many Think

Many members of the military with serious family issues never bother to apply for the hardship/dependency discharge because they have been told that they don't qualify, that it will take too long, or that nobody ever gets it. Often NCOs and sometimes even officers perpetuate the false notion that hardship/dependency discharges are practically unobtainable. In fact, that is not the case.

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