The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Who Says There’s No Conscription?

Jan 19, 2004

During 2003, 40,000 army troops who had put in their full enlistment time were prevented from leaving military service under something called a "stop loss" order. This includes 16,000 in the National Guard or reservists.

So when is the all-volunteer army not voluntary?

When the military brass is sent to take over other countries but can’t find enough volunteers.

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Although bribes of up to $10,000 are offered for re-enlisting for three years in Iraq or Afghanistan, the armed services are not finding enough takers. Apparently, even bad job prospects in the U.S. look better than the chance of losing life, limb or sanity in Iraq.