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    Re: Conscription- Would you serve?

    Probably not. I doubt I'd be deemed medically fit for one. Given the constraints of the thought exercise, I don't really agree with why the war is being fought either. And I'm a trained and experienced engineer. I honestly believe I could contribute more to the war effort as an engineer working on getting new weapons/vehicles on the battlefield than I could carrying a rifle on foreign soil.
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    Re: Conscription- Would you serve?

    I said yes, but I am already in. I voluntarily enlisted many years ago and I am still in (but I will be retiring this year some time). I have already gone to several places overseas to be part of several operations over the years. I would never refuse to go. Besides, if I refused, then someone else would have to go in my place, and I don't think that is right.

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    Re: Conscription- Would you serve?

    Quote Originally Posted by Porchev View Post
    I said yes, but I am already in. I voluntarily enlisted many years ago and I am still in (but I will be retiring this year some time). I have already gone to several places overseas to be part of several operations over the years. I would never refuse to go. Besides, if I refused, then someone else would have to go in my place, and I don't think that is right.
    which is exactly why I volunteered to go to Iraq my last deployment. The only other logistics qualified officer in our BN was a young guy with a wife and small children. I could not have lived with myself if I had not volunteered and he had to go and something had happened to him.
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    Re: Conscription- Would you serve?

    I voted "yes", but I would no longer serve because I was drafted back in the 60's. I went into the U.S. Army and served 2 years one of which was in South Korea as a member of the 1st Cavalry Division. My service number is US5151xxxx and got an honorable discharge with the rank of PFC 1st class.

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    Re: Conscription- Would you serve?

    No. The government should not force me to go off to a foreign land to serve in the military. Military should strictly be voluntarily.
    You should not be forced to work for anything government agency. Just think if the EPA (or choose whatever agency you hate the most here) and conscripted you?


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    Re: Conscription- Would you serve?

    righteous wars don't need a draft.

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    Re: Conscription- Would you serve?

    Quote Originally Posted by Stewart View Post
    My Question is thus, would you serve if you are conscripted?
    I already served voluntarily. If they want me back, all they have to do is ask.
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    Re: Conscription- Would you serve?

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    righteous wars don't need a draft.
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    You are right... given we have had only 4 to 6 righteous wars in US history and never had a problem (though we generally had a draft).

    All the military needs are enough inner-city kids that have no hope going to college because Pell grants and loans have been cut, or any chance at a good job as unions have been castrated; leaving the military as the only path to economic wellness. Take away all of their other options for the American dream and leave them but four (Army, Navy, Air Force or Marines) and you certainly will have enough bodies to throw at even the most meaningless wars (Iraq being the best example of this).

    No, you will never need a draft as long as you have enough hungry young men with very few options.... Keep 'em hungry and desperate.
    Last edited by upsideguy; 08-10-12 at 01:24 AM.

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    Re: Conscription- Would you serve?

    For a free assault rifle, you are darn right I would.

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    Re: Conscription- Would you serve?

    Quote Originally Posted by Somerville View Post
    I tried to enlist but my eyesight disqualified me, so today I work for the government and face denigration as one of those "sucking off the teat of our taxpayer funding". Interesting - military personnel become heroes but being employed by the same government can make one a parasite. There is a disconnect.
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