Every soldier wrestles with his conscience over killing. Although most decide to kill, some refuse. Made with official permission from the U.S. Army, Soldiers of Conscience reveals that far more soldiers decide not to kill than we might expect.
Narrated by Emmy® winner Peter Coyote, Soldiers of Conscience profiles eight American soldiers: four who decide not to kill and become conscientious objectors, and four who believe in their duty to kill if necessary. The film reveals how everyone from West Point grads to drill sergeants, Abu Ghraib interrogators to low ranking reservist-mechanics, grapples with the morality of killing in war, not as a philosophical problem, but as soldiers experience it a split-second decision in combat that can never be forgotten or undone. Including never-before-seen footage of basic training and the war in Iraq, Soldiers of Conscience is a realistic yet optimistic look at war, peace and the power of the human conscience.