Intriguing numbers on conscientious objectors
The GAO reports only 425 applications for conscientious objector status from 2002-2006, compared with 2.3 million servicemembers (including Reserves). Just over half were approved. Read more here.
Hat Tip, Zubin Jelveh, who also notes:
For reference, the Vietnam war had about 200,000 such applications.
(Of course, Vietnam did have a draft.)