A new GAO study on conscientious objectors in the US military reports that the number appealing for the status represented a relatively small percentage of the overall service.
Between 2002 and 2006, 425 servicemembers filed applications for conscientious objector status with the US military. Fifty-five percent of the applications were approved, 44% denied, and 3% were withdrawn, pending, closed, or not enough information was available to determine a reason.
GAO determined that the designation of conscientious objector status does not influence the award of VA benefits. Rather, whether or not a servicemember had an honorable or dishonorable discharge was the primary determinant, though the length of service could also be a factor.
Of the 224 servicemembers who were approved as conscientious objectors, 207 received honorable discharges and 14 received general discharges. Information on the other three was not available.