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In 1973, at the end of the Vietnam War, the United
States ended the military draft. The draft, also known as
conscription, had been in place since just before the
United States entered World War Two, and had been
continued by the government after that war due to the
needs of the Cold War conflict with the Soviet Union and
other Communist nations and groups. After the draft ended
in the 1970s, the U.S. military became an all-volunteer
force. The volunteer concept worked well through the
smaller and shorter conflicts
the U.S. engaged in up until the Afghanistan
War, begun in 2001, and the Iraq
War began in 2003. With the conflict still raging in
2010, the strain on the U.S. military is becoming
apparant. Some members of Congress have called for a
resumption of the draft to provide more manpower for the
military, as well as ensuring that all social and
economic classes in the nation bear an equal share of the
risks inherent in defending the country. The leadership
in the military, as well as both the late Bush
Adminstration and the current Obama
Administration, insist that they do not want a resumption
of the draft.
Below are links and resouces on this issue.
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Registration: The Politics of Institutional
Fellowship - historical account of the group
organized by two pacifists in the wake of World War
Conscription: Issues for Australia
For Peace: Military Draft - discusses the issues and
process of a military draft.
Conscription - hyperlinked article about conscription
and the military draft.
Opposed to Militarism and the Draft - anti-militarism
organization that challenges the institution of the
military, its effect on society, its budget, and its role
abroad and at home.
Selective Service - offers information about, and a
petition to end, the Selective Service.
to Register: Selective Service And You -
informational brochure from the government with
information about the Selective Service System and how to
register for it.
Monster: Selective Service - offers a history of the
Selective Service System in the United States.
Objectors and the Selective Service Act - offers
details on how to be a conscientious objector for Quaker
Child Alone-family privacy campaign to protect high
school students from unwanted military recruiting.
Selective Service - offers a brief history of the
Selective Service in the United States.
System - provides manpower to the armed forces in an
emergency, and runs an Alternative Service Program for
men classified as conscientious objectors during a
Vote: The Draft - provides information and facts
about a new military draft.
For Security: The Draft - discusses the possibility
of a draft for the U.S. Military.
Conscientious Objection to the
Committee for Conscientious Objectors - supports and
promotes individual and collective resistance to war and
preparations for war.
Center on Conscience
and War - formerly the National Interreligious
Service Board for Conscientious Objectors (NISBCO). Works
to defend and extend the rights of conscientious
Conscientious Objection and Alternative Service -
from the Selective Service System.
of God, The - Christian pacifist organization
advocating draft resistance though peaceful means.
Conscientious Objection - offers facts, advice, and
resources on the issue of conscientious objection.
Reason of Religious Training and Belief..." - project
outlining the development of conscientious objection, its
legal history, and the religious response.
The Good War
and Those Who Refused To Fight It - companion web
site to the PBS documentary which tells the dramatic
story of the conscientious objectors (COs) who refused to
fight in World War II.
Conscientious Objection - offers information about
the right to refuse in Britain, Europe, and the United
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Please cite this source when appropriate:
Lee, R. "The History
The Military Draft/Conscription"
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