Mercenaries Or Conscripts

February 1977
New Republic;2/5/77, Vol. 176 Issue 6, p5
Examines the volunteer army created by former U.S. President Richard Nixon during the Vietnam War and also discusses the public relations or policy officials in the U.S. Reason for creating the army; Discussion of the problems created by the army; Benefit of implementing a draft lottery system for the military personnel of the country; Observation that the ranks have steadily filled with blacks since the draft ended; Report that nearly 30 percent of the new male recruits coming into the army for the first time are black; View of Senators on the army; Fact that the American Federation of Government Employees has begun unionizing drives at several bases; Objection that the army would never get recruits if the government were offering alternative careers in teaching and conservation; Description of various news papers on good judgment; Statement that to maintain skepticism and detachment, purvey reality, not images, and abhor secrecy.


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