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NH Dave BS: After they come home, then what? (73* d) RE: BS: After they come home, then what? 05 Jul 06

Little Hawk,

    The big trouble with the draft in times past, was that it was so unfair in the way people were selected to become military. Children from the more well to do families, the ones who cold afford college for their kids, stayed in college, or got stay-at-home positions in the Guard or Reserves, like George Bush. The less afluent, working at home, or perhaps not working at all, were snapped up, given 8 - 16 weeks of training and then sent right to Viet Nam.

    Some of us saw the writing on the wall and were lucky enough to qualify for jobs not directly involving combat, unless our base got hit. Many of the rest of us not qualfying for the les combat related jobs, became infantrymen and suffered disproportionally greater injuries incuding PTSD. Unfortunately, many of our youth had never learned enough during their school days to where they could qualify for these non-combat jobs, with a better chance of surviving their tour.

    By the time my son became old enough to qualify for service, the All Volunteer Force was in effect, but because he had never graduated from high school, could not qualify for a job in the Navy or Air Force, and could only qualify for the Army, if he was able to pass the GED, the high school equivalency test. Eventually he decided that his talents pointed in anothe direction, and never joined up. The friend with whom he wanted to join, was injured severely enough jumping into Grenada or Panama that he was medically retired from the Army on his return to the states.

Sgt, USA, Beat Feet
MSgt, USAF, Ret.

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