Nation: Uncle Sam Wants Who?

Congress edgily considers reviving some form of the draft

During the late stages of the Viet Nam War, military conscription was so despised by so many Americans that it spawned a new class of nonviolent criminals: young men who tore up draft cards or fled to Canada or Sweden to avoid induction. Since then, the U.S. has shifted to an all-volunteer force, and no one has been called up since 1972. But last week Congress reluctantly was again considering reinstating the draft, or at least some of its preliminary steps.

The reason is simply that voluntary enlistments are not supplying the necessary numbers...

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