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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2020 9:42 p.m. PST

… soldiers' uncensored opinions here's what they said.

"In September 1940, World War II was a year old. The US was still a noncombatant, but it was preparing for a fight.

That month, the US introduced the Selective Training and Service Act the first peacetime draft in US history. Mobilizing the millions of troops was a monumental task and essential to deploying "the arsenal of democracy" that President Franklin D. Roosevelt called on Americans to provide.

Inducting millions of civilians and turning them into effective troops and keeping them happy, healthy, supplied, and fighting was also a daunting challenge…"
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Legion 414 Feb 2020 8:11 a.m. PST

Yeah turning drafted civilians into soldiers, sailors, etc. in massive numbers, as in WWI, and as well as in WWII would be quite "challenging". Another reason for there being so many loses in combat.

And regardless, the numbers needed to wage and win a war even after Pearl Harbor were not volunteering. No real surprise, IMO. Most people don't want to be put in harm's way with the possibly of be maimed or killed.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Feb 2020 10:18 a.m. PST



Personal logo COL Scott ret Supporting Member of TMP15 Feb 2020 9:04 p.m. PST

Yes there are very few willing to place their own body between the horror of war and the ones that they love.

Those who have are worthy of the respect by those who were protected by them. Currently in the USA many people will say thank you for your service to Soldiers and veterans.

From my point of view, I find it an honor to serve a grateful nation. I am also thankful for those of our group here who served their nation.

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