"Few probably recall the name Dwight Elliott Stone. But even if his name has faded from the national memory, the man remains historically significant. That's because on June 30, 1973, the 24-year-old plumber's apprentice became the last American forced into the armed services before the military draft expired."
Any idea of a return to military conscription will be met with shock and derision by many people of all political persuasions, and for good reason. Having been a victim of the draft, I felt justice was done when it was abolished. No more, and for reasons I would have never imagined in 1973. I no longer believe that a free people can govern themselves under the shadow of a professional military.
2. Thanks for that, read the article yesterday but I was right up there with Stone
The year they quit the lottery for the draft I was #7 in the lottery. The year they killed the draft I had two choices, join my BIL in Saskatchewan or hope I was smart and fast enough to avoid bullets and bombs for a year.
On the concept of the professional military, I absolutely agree. When the military is not based on a commitment to the best interest of the country and career based, any participant will operate in there own best interest not in the interest of their community.
The saddest part of the "all volunteer army" is that it does isolate the population from the effects of foreign policy based on military action. It allows us to be comfortable in our isolation while others pay for the price of our comfort.
Just remember, War is a Racket!