Army arrests objector who thought he was discharged

May 15, 2009

Dustin Che Stevens

by Courage to Resist | 20:12 min.

After five months in the Army, Dustin Che Stevens sat down during Airborne graduation in order to refuse graduation. He was told to go home and wait for his discharge. Seven years later, he was arrested for desertion. “I started reading [literature on conscientious objection] and started thinking for myself. I knew that in my heart and in my mind that I could not kill anyone… I went back and told them that.” Today Dustin awaits a court martial, unless he “volunteers” to deploy to Afghanistan.