Conscription or Greetings from The President of the United States

Finnish Perspective

1942 — WWII draftees at Bus Station on West Huron, Ann Arbor, Michigan. – flickr creative commons

Conscription AKA The Draft has been around in one form or another almost since time immortal. China had conscription as early as 221BC. Primarily to keep an army big enough to be used in times or war, some countries as used to for civilian activities as well. A number of countries still have conscription for those 18 to even 64 years of age and lasting anywhere from 1 to 8 years.

The first major use of conscription in the US was during the civil war, which sparked off New York City draft riots. Then for WWI and for WWII. After WWII ended, in 1948 congress passed Selective Service Act of 1948, from which combatants for the Korean War came. Then the Universal Military Training and Service Act in 1951 and Reserve…

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