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Until July 1973, the military operated under an involuntary draft policy to produce manpower to fight the countryís wars. Draftees served during both world wars, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the All-Volunteer Force. Senior leaders say ending the draft and relying on volunteers has made the military the strongest it's ever been. Story
Servicemembers from all over Iraq gathered here today in the Al Faw Palace rotunda on Camp Victory, to re-enlist and celebrate Americaís Independence Day. Story
U.S. Soldiers Choose to Re-enlist While in Iraq
Enlistment and retention bonuses, educational benefits and other incentives are invaluable recruiting tools, but Army officials say old-fashioned patriotism is just as big a motivator in attracting soldiers to the force and encouraging them to stay. Story