The first reason I am not going to re-enlist in the war is because there were very poor conditions. In document C, the diary of Dr. Waldo, he says “Poor food-hard lodging-cold weather-fatigue-nasty cloaths-nasty cookery-vomit half my time…. why are we sent out here to starve and freeze?” They are dying out here of the poor conditions. They are uncomfortable and want to go home to
The Selective Service Act gives the United States president the authorization to draft soldiers into war. It was enacted in 1917 during World War I and last practiced during the Vietnam War is 1973, drafting 2.2 million soldiers. Although last used over forty years ago, today, men are still legally required to sign up for the draft within thirty days of their birthday or face consequences, fines, or prison time. When it was first instated, there were only approximately one-hundred-thousand people who volunteered for the military so then president, Woodrow Wilson, found it necessary to have a draft if the US were to stand a chance in World War I. However, it is debated whether or not the selective service is needed anymore,
In addition to sheer unfairness of the draft there were other problems associated with the system such as the bias that was seen within the local draft boards. During the Vietnam war there were over 4,050 local draft boards that consisted of privileged white men who were responsible for the selection and the deferment process of men who had been called to military service. Members of the boards were appointed by the president and they served a term of five years without being paid. Although the process of selecting men for the draft boards was highly official, when good volunteers were appointed and finished their term they were often persuaded by the Selective Service headquarters to remain on the board. Therefor many men who were on the boards were older and bias. For example: a local draft board in Ausbury New Jersey had a hard time
Randy Neugebauer once said, “While only one day of the year is dedicated solely to honoring our veterans,Americans must never forget the sacrifices that many of our fellow countrymen have made to defend our country and protect our freedoms.” My responsibility to America is to honor our veterans and our active military members.
The key idea of my argument is to explain why I want to not re-enlist based on the three reasons. It matters to ask a soldier, whether or not they would re-enlist because if everyone were to re en-list, it wouldn’t matter if you re en-listed or not, but if no one were to re-enlist, no one would stay to fight the war. Yes, we do need more healthy men to fight in the war, but if these are the conditions soldiers have to live with, then many would die just from the brutal conditions and not even from fighting in the war. If they supplied the soldiers at Valley Forge with warm living places and warm clothes, many, including myself, would most likely re-enlist and help fight the war. But without that, I think quitting would be the best solution for me. I cannot help my country if I were dead. But I can help my country at another time in the future in other ways. I am sure there are those who went into hiding, not because they were afraid, but because they knew they could still fight the enemy in other ways while staying
During the conscription crisis of 1917, Canada was still a relatively young and inexperienced country, and did not yet have the capability or independence to deal with such an issue. However, one question was made clear to all Canadians… could national unity be maintained throughout the crisis? In 1939 Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King made the same promise to that of his predecessor Robert Borden; in Canada, there would be no conscription and all military service would be voluntary. “Conscription if necessary, but not necessarily conscription” was a statement made by King during the Plebiscite in 1942 and just like Borden, he too had broken his promise to Canadian citizens. Twice now in Canada 's history, conscription has demonstrated to be a poor “solution” that is not only destructive to the patriotism and unity that Canadians had struggled to build, but also resulted in the division of families, the separation of francophone and anglophone
In the United States, serving in the military is seen as a model of true patriotism, and rightfully so. Service members train for 10 weeks in their transition from civilian to a soldier. They train to be able to endure all the hardships that may come their way. Service members have to be in the best physical shape to serve and because of all that they do, they are thought of as brave and selfless people. Service members make extreme sacrifices to defend our country and act selflessly by doing so; it is fitting that they are seen as heroes by many Americans. Because of all the training that soldiers to do to make them stronger for war, a common misconception people have is thinking that veterans come back from war stronger mentally and physically. Granted, veterans may be in better shape after the war but in
still required persuasive principles and values to give their support to increased military spending. First, militarization would create jobs. It would put tens of thousands of unemployed workers back to work as the worst depression in history continued to deepen. Men would be conscripted into the military. All of this would be done under the banner of national security and the defense of democratic values, freedom, and the free world (Document E). The United States required a moral authority to justify militarization and intervention in a war that was not being fought on American soil. That moral authority was granted by the nation’s political leadership to defend democratic values globally, not just in the U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt claimed that the defense of “freedom and democratic values” now depended on U.S. leadership (Document
In David Barno’s , “A New Moral Compact,” he stresses about our countries current military situation, which is all-volunteer. Barno has also served time in the military himself as a lieutenant general. He claims that the countries current dependence on the all-volunteer military, allows us to rush into war without thinking about the consequences first. Barno proposes the idea, “that every use of military force over 60 days would automatically trigger an annual draft lottery to call up 10,000 men and women” (p.20).This solution is useful but it is not useful enough because it targets sympathy from the people while he needs to target the president because the president can initiate a war without consent of the people or Congress.
From the beginning of the United States’ history, conflict has always been prevalent. The need for armed forces continually grows, especially in times of war, as the fight for freedom becomes more challenging. Conscription, better known as the draft, was first introduced during the Civil War as a way to get more individuals involved in the military to fill vacant positions. The practice of the draft was finally discontinued in favor of an all-volunteer military system, when the need for troops was no longer necessary. After almost two decades of being involved overseas, the demand for armed troops is imperative once again. In the essay “A New Moral Compact,” David W. Barno formally uses effective rhetorical techniques to successfully argue that a draft lottery system is essential for the United States’ involvement in armed foreign conflict to subside.
The purpose of the draft is to recruit physically capable citizens to the armed forces if they are required. The draft should recruit from all of the physically capable, no matter their gender. It is frequently argued there are less physically capable than there are men, and while that is true, it should not stop the millions of women who are physically capable. As of 2011, about 203,000 women serve in the active-duty military, including sixtynine serving as generals and admirals. Though this impressive number is only about fifteen percent of the total active-duty force, the amount of women serving continues to rise.
It getting supplies, needs troops, and America must be free! All Americans should contribute what they can to the Continental Army. Freedom won’t buy itself. Even some wives help do laundry and cook, they apparently don’t wish to be separated from their beloved husbands. The question of re-enlisting is and will no longer a question but a life choice that will stay with you forever. Your choices are to serve your country and win your independence or cower, lose, and have no freedom with more political power. Now I could see how people would want to leave the army. The living conditions are terrible: little food, poorly clothed, and illness & death. I can say for certain that I have that wish to leave the army, but my willpower is strong. Little food only lasts through the winter. Having quite tattered clothes can be dealt with, once Washington gets our supplies were home free. Illness and death is that one risk, but it is a risk I will take for my
The article fails to show the other side of the story; the story of of the Zombies. Why the young generation
1. The first problem that the United States faced during the Vietnam war was that the people of the United States were opposed to the Vietnam war. Another problem was that North Vietnam kept helping the Vietcong get stronger.
“The end of the draft also has dramatically improved commitment and morale in the armed forces. The difference is simple: recruits who want to serve and succeed are likely to perform better than draftees who want out, the sooner the better.” (Bandow). Individuals who voluntarily serve have officially occupied themselves with the thought of being able to step up to plate and defend their country are rationally the right people to serve in war. So when a person who does not have the courage or desire to serve is drafted they just become a danger to the rest of the group. Their dread, and absence of being locked in will just make them simple prey and destroy forces one by one. When the draft initially started families were devastated to find out that their loved ones had to go away and fight in the war and doing so it tore relationships up and break the mentality of young adults. This created a inept amount of tension within the country and the public was not prepared for this moment and became a danger to the rest of the group they may have served. Ultimately, getting rid of the draft put civilians in ease knowing that they don't have to go off to war without being