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  •  End of universal conscription? (9+ / 0-)

    I'm wondering if many of these jobs were filled by the supply of personnel made available by the draft? With an all-volunteer military, how many folks want to sign up to clean the grounds?

    "We have created a Star Wars civilization, with Stone Age emotions, medieval institutions, and godlike technology."-Edward O. Wilson, in "The Social Conquest of Earth"

    by sparkysgal on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 05:17:38 AM PST

    •  There may be some truth to your point (7+ / 0-)

      in this day and age, however I served during long periods when there was no draft and we were pretty much a self-contained and self-serviced.  And of course no one ever signed up to clean the grounds, or pull Kitchen Police duty, or stand guard, or build an empire, come to that.  GI’s never did that sort of work full time, it was extra duty for most part, usually with a GI supervisor who had complete responsibility and knowledge for the task to be done.        

      •  What long periods were those? (0+ / 0-)

        While I know it was a lot easier to get a deferment prior to Johnson's escalation in Vietnam, I never heard of any time between WWII and the 70s when there was not a draft.

        "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

        by Alice in Florida on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 08:06:58 AM PST

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