Aug 17, 2009
On August 14th, Sergeant Travis Bishop was convicted in a court martial and given one year in prison for disobeying a direct order to go to Afghanistan. Bishop was the second soldier from Fort Hood in two weeks to be court martialed. Specialist Victor Agosto had just been sentenced to a month in jail for refusing to deploy. Both soldiers had served a lengthy tour in Iraq.
Today the U.S. military, by its own reports, has a problem. Between 2000 and 2006, more than 40,000 troops from all branches of the military deserted, more than half from the Army. And desertion rates jumped by 42% from 2006 to 2007.
In other words, the “volunteer” army is not a willing army. GI resistance is not just “something archaic from Viet Nam” – as Bishop said he had once believed, but came to know different.