When a soldier says he won’t kill

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Private Second Class Chris Munoz’s “conscientious objector” application is a rarity compared to the 171,000 claims made during the divisive, draft-based Vietnam War. But the number may be rising, one group suggests.

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Aircraft carrier USS Stennis going to Persian Gulf early, staying longer

The Pentagon is sending the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis to the Persian Gulf region four months ahead of schedule for an eight-month deployment – twice as long as originally planned, defense officials told NBC News on Monday.

The major shift in the Stennis deployment is a response to steadily rising tensions over Iran’s nuclear program, Iran’s threat to shut down the Strait of Hormuz over tighter international sanctions and the possibility that Israel may launch pre-emptive airstrikes against Iran’s nuclear facility.

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