1970-The Concerned Officers Movement
In May 1970, an ad in the Fayetteville Observer calling for an end to the Vietnam War signed by dozens of officers, must have given local commanders a bad case of heartburn. Within a few months, however, this public dissension had spread across the country, and a similar ad, over more than one hundred officers names, was published in the Washington Post.
The Concerned Officers Movement which sponsored these ads was short-lived: most of its members were soon forced to resign their commissions or otherwise leave the military.
Nevertheless, some students of the peace movement count the group as one of the most potent examples of public military protest in this period.
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Left to right below: Concerned Officers
Movement Flyer; "The Other Side" C.O.M. newsletter;
and two C.O.M. ads, from the Fayettevile Observer and Washington Post.