The Persian Gulf war is over, but for some in the military who wanted no part of the fighting, the battle rages on.

Many of those seeking conscientious objector status, like Dr. Harlow Ballard, an Army captain stationed at Fort Devens in Ayer, still want out."The war ending doesn't change my feelings at all," Ballard said in a recent interview.

Nobody knows exactly how many people applied for CO status after Iraq invaded Kuwait on Aug. 2.

Pentagon spokesman Maj. Doug Hart said 207 active-duty and reserve personnel applied by the end of 1990. Advocacy groups estimated there were about 1,700 to 2,500 applicants in the past eight months.

Most applicants are following through with the process. And despite the war's end, new objectors are still marching in, although in lower numbers, said Peter Jamieson, a counselor with the New York-based War Resisters League.