By David Swanson, World BEYOND War
Shutdown or no shutdown, not a single war, base-construction project, or war ship has been halted in its course, and the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service released its “interim report” on Wednesday.
The report comes after a lengthy period of collecting public comments and holding public hearings. At World BEYOND War we encouraged people to submit comments on the following themes, and we know that a great many people did so:
- End required selective service (draft) registration for men.
- Do not begin requiring that women register.
- If not ended, allow the choice of registering as a conscientious objector.
- If there must be non-military service, make sure that its pay and benefits are at least equal to those of military “service.”