August 30, 2018
The National Commission on Military, National and Public Service
Attn: RFI Comment Docket 05-2018-01
2530 Crystal Drive, Suite 1000, Room 1029
Arlington, VA 22202
Dear Chairs and Committee;
We understand the National Commission on Military, National and Public Service has received a mandate to consider contintuation of Selective Service registration and that a period for public comment is open through September 2018. Third Haven Friends, a Member of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, expresses the following interest:
"As Quakers, we find no occasion for war and seek to recognize that of God in everyone. We are in favor of ending registration for the SelectiveService as a process to send young citizens solely to military service for the United States of America. Additionally, we are adamant that citizens have the option to declare as Conscientious Objectors."
Thank you for considering Third Haven Friends input of the continuation of mandatory Selective Service registration. We are a membership of 125 participants located in Easton, Maryland. We are available for further discussion and can be reached at www.thirdhaven.org.
Mary B. Brian