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36 – military draft handbook
08.2.2006, 10:50 am
Filed under: social sciences

The military draft handbook : a brief history and practical advice for the curious and concerned / James Tracy, editor. 
San Francisco, CA : Manic D Press, c2006.
[MCL call number: 355.2236 M644 2006; six copies, no holds]

Anyone who is paying attention knows that U.S. military recruitment efforts are up.  The wars in Afganistan and Iraq have seriously overtaxed the military’s personnel resources, and new recruits are needed to meet current and future obligations. 

It’s hard to imagine the government instituting a new draft, but then, they have gone to a lot of effort over the last fifty years or so to make sure that young men between the ages of 18 and 25 are registered with the Selective Service System.  And even if there isn’t a formal draft, it’s clear that the military is willing to go to lengths to convince young people to join.  (See, for example, the article “Sister, Uncle Sam Wants You Too,” by Vanessa Huang, reviewed in Duck Duck Book number 18.)

So, if you want to be ready to deal with military recruiters, or be more prepared for the possible advent of a formal draft, or even if you just feel like you should know more about the issues surrounding military recruitment, take a look at The Military Draft Handbook.  You’ll find a brief historical overview of the draft in the United States, peppered with helpful statistics and personal stories of draftees; information about the mechanics of a possible draft in today’s United States; methods for draft evasion that work and don’t work, and why; and a bit of information about dissent against military recruitment.  The main text is followed with some helpful appendixes and a short bibliography. 

Overall, The Military Draft Handbook is instructive and clearly written, and at a mere 128 pages it shouldn’t take you too long to read.


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Thanks for the review.


Comment by JAmes Tracy

The draft will never return unless we get into a very major conflict. Right now we have a professional military and it’s better than ever. The military does not want nor will it allow a draft anytime in the near future.
Sergeant S.W. Foster
US Army

Comment by Sergeant S.W. Foster

Actually, I’m inclined to agree with you. Your statement about the professional military is even more telling now–with all of the “paid professional” mercenaries working in the Middle East, it seems as if the Bush Administration has settled on a strategy for now.

Comment by James Tracy

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