Financial Advice for Conscientious Objectors

A new AP report says that military personnel who have excess debt are not allowed to serve overseas? Apparently, conscientious objectors, who have no chance to have the military recognize their status, they can go out and splurge, while winning some of the same rights as a conscientious objector.

Watkins, Thomas. 2006. “No Overseas Duty For Troops Who Are Deep In Debt.” Associated Press (20 October).

“Thousands of U.S. troops are being barred from overseas duty because they are so deep in debt they are considered security risks, according to an Associated Press review of military records. The number of troops held back has climbed dramatically in the past few years. And while they appear to represent a very small percentage of all U.S. military personnel, the increase is occurring at a time when the armed forces are stretched thin by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

“The Pentagon contends financial problems can distract personnel from their duties or make them vulnerable to bribery and treason. As a result, those who fall heavily into debt can be stripped of the security clearances they need to go overseas.”

“While the number of revoked clearances has surged since the beginning of the Iraq war, military officials say there is no evidence that service members are deliberately running up debts to stay out of harm’s way.”


1 comment so far

  1. Jim Devine on

    Michael, you should get a spell-checker. Two errors in the title!

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