Wednesday, June 02, 2004

A Draft, By Any Other Name...

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Army has issued an order preventing thousands of soldiers designated for duty in Iraq or Afghanistan from leaving the military even when their volunteer service commitment expires, officials said on Wednesday.
The move to extend the service of some soldiers involuntarily was the latest sign of increasing stress on the Army as the Pentagon strives to maintain adequate troop levels in the two conflicts.

Lt. Gen. Franklin Hagenbeck, the Army's personnel chief, denied that the move was a sign of desperation for the Army, although he did acknowledge that the Army was "stretched."

Army Issues Order to Stop U.S. Soldiers from Leaving

This is a draft, the coward's way. It amounts to drafting those least likely to vociferously object, and who are already trained up.

Why aren't supporters of Bush's* War signing up in droves to make this unnecessary??

Soldiers who voluntarily joined for an agreed period should not be screwed over because of an undeclared, illegal war.


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