How to Become a Conscientious Objector in Denmark

Every man who has been declared fit for service by the Draft Board is able to become a CO. COs are civilian conscripts who are stationed to do their service in a place of their own choice; places of e.g. humanitarian, cultural, or religious nature, such as Amnesty International, Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke, Folkekirkens Nødhjælp, Kirkens Korshær, the ZOO, Greenpeace, TV2 Lorry, Rigshospitalet, etc.

- The period of service : is the same as the one of the soldier's.
- The working hours : are 37 hours a week.
- The wages (net) : Dkr.
- All medical assistance is free.

The state security of job means that you can get a leave from your job, if you have been employed for at least nine months.

How to Apply for Alternative Service

To become registered as a CO, you have to send in a written application to the Danish Administration of the COs no later than four weeks after receiving your induction notice. Your application has to show the conscientious argument of why you want to be exempted from the military service. Conscientious arguments can be of pacifist, political, or religious nature.

The application need only to carry the following wording :

As the performance of any kind of military service, including service in the emergency preparedness, is against my conscience, I hereby apply for a transfer to conscientious objection.

The application should be adressed to the Administration of COs. Besides stating your name and address, you have to submit your social security number plus the date and your signature. You can get a 'standard' application from the MNF. If you want to make absolutely sure that your application arrive at the Administration, then mail it as a letter of recommendation. You should always make a copy of your application in case anything goes wrong.

For further information, please contact the Office of the Danish Administration of COs, Militærnægteradministrationen at the following address :

Postboks 538, Liselundvej 12, 4200 Slagelse. Phone : +45 58 52 68 80
Weekdays 9-15.

Or :

Militærnægterforeningen,
Dronningensgade 14, 1420 København K.
Phone : +45 31 57 67 25 (from Sep. 29th 1998 : +45 32 57 67 25).
Fax no. : +45 32 95 44 18.
e-mail :
MNK@fred.dk