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U.S. Marine Corps./Gunnery Sgt. Michael Kropiewnicki

The Military’s 40-Year Experiment

On June 30, 1973, a 24-year-old plumber’s apprentice became the last American forced into the armed services before the military draft expired.

Posted on May 10, 2013 READ MORE



U.S. Army

The New American Segregation: The Military

It seems that I see American soldiers only at airports. Walking forever through O’Hare, every man and woman in uniform is greeted by the same line: "Thank you for your service." It makes me cringe.

Posted on May 31, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Pacdog (CC-BY)

Dolphins GM Apologizes for Prostitute Question

Miami Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland has apologized to NFL draftee Dez Bryant for asking the footballer if his mother was a prostitute. Bryant said he was “really mad,” but didn’t say anything at the time to his prospective employer. (continued)

Posted on Apr 28, 2010 READ MORE


Karzai
Wikimedia Commons / The White House

Karzai Weighs a Draft

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has tepidly announced he is pondering introducing conscription in order to build a domestic army and police force capable of taking over security operations from NATO troops in his war-torn country.

Posted on Feb 7, 2010 READ MORE


Cindy Sheehan Speaks
AP Photo / Gerald Herbert

A Call to Service

The “Waging Peace” author argues that the antiwar movement’s strategies are failing to reach everyday Americans and doing little to end the war or repair our troubled democracy. He proposes a different model to win the hearts and minds of mainstream America: national service.

Posted on Jul 31, 2007 READ MORE


wayne
www.tcf.ua.edu

Memorializing the Deadly Myth of John Wayne

On the 100th anniversary of John Wayne’s birth, falling as it does on Memorial Day weekend, Truthdig presents two pieces connecting the hype of the celluloid “war hero” who never fought to the hard human costs of war.  It was the Duke’s deadly myth, after all, that would lead young men like Ron Kovic to sacrifice life and limb in needless wars. 

Posted on May 26, 2007 READ MORE


Mike Gravel
AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite

Maverick Candidate Mike Gravel

Presidential candidate Mike Gravel’s performance in the first Democratic debate took him from off the radar to Truthdigger of the week. Naturally, we just had to pick his brain. The former senator from Alaska, who helped end the draft, tells Truthdig why he’s running, why there are so few mavericks in politics these days and why war makes him angry.

Posted on May 4, 2007 READ MORE


Army Chief Won’t Rule Out Longer Deployments

The Army’s new chief of staff, Gen. George Casey (of Iraq fame), has said he can’t guarantee that deployments won’t grow beyond the current 15 months. Casey was asked about the extensions by a frustrated Army wife who said her husband’s deployments have more than doubled in length over the years.

Posted on Apr 29, 2007 READ MORE


Better Him Than Me

Prince Harry’s imminent deployment to Iraq stands in stark contrast to the behavior of America’s draft-dodging chicken hawks, who bloviate about honoring the troops while abusing them at home and abroad.

Posted on Feb 27, 2007 READ MORE


burning draft cards
cannabisculture.com

Draft Equipment to Be Tested

The Selective Service System is planning to test equipment and procedures that would be used in a draft.  Cryptically referred to as the Area Office Mobilization Prototype Exercise, the test would not take place until 2009, and could be canceled because of budget cuts.

Posted on Dec 27, 2006 READ MORE


Bush Keeping Second Iraq Report Secret, Says Harman

Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) is but which has been stamped “Draft” by the Bush administration to keep it from becoming public.

Posted on Sep 27, 2006 READ MORE


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