The final day of NUS conference saw time run out before a motion calling for the support of student military organisations was discussed, however an earlier motion calling for a ban of military recruitment was narrowly defeated.
The presence of the military on campus was always going to be a contentious issue, with recent bans on student military organisations at London colleges and the recent NUT opposition to military recruitment at schools. As these issues appeared after the deadline for motions to conference, they were only covered in amendments, and an emergency motion which was not discussed due to a lack of time.
A motion in the "Society and Citizenship" zone - which was passed - called for opposition to a military attack, or economic sanctions on Iran. An amendment to this zone called for NUS to work with the "Stop the War" coalition to ban army recruitment on campuses, while also organising campus meetings with "Military Families Against the War" and "Stop the War".
A compromise was proposed, with the calls for a campaign to ban military recruitment removed after some agitated speeches. This fell after not making a 2/3 majority. With the full body of the amendment still intact, a number of hand counts were conducted but were too close to call. Following a count, the amendment was rejected by 338 to 316.