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The All-Volunteer Armed Force


by Jack R. Butler 1971

On the one hand are those who oppose conscription in any form as a violation of man's basic rights in a free society. On the other hand are those who support the continuation of inductions under any circumstance, as a vehicle for bringing to young men a sense of national participation and obligation. Too often the positions and counterpositions have been based upon weak assumptions, inadequate data, or simple emotion, rather than upon rational discussion and detached investigation. It is not the intent of this paper to pronounce what the truth is. The author seeks only to structure the issue, leaving truth to be found at that point in the future when it can be determined by empirical test.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 73 Number 1, 1971, p. 27-40
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1596, Date Accessed: 12/12/2017 10:53:58 AM

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  • Jack Butler
    U.S. Army War College
    Colonel Jack R. Butler directed the Army's 1969 study of the all-volunteer concept and subsequently served with the Office of the Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff for the Modern Volunteer Army, Washington, D.C. He is currently attending the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. The views expressed are the author's and are not necessarily those of the Department of the Army or the Department of Defense.
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