September 08, 2022

As Putin seeks a larger army, some see echoes of US in Vietnam

Featuring Brandon J. Archuleta

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

Journalist Anna Mulrine Grobe

America learned from its own experience that drafts tend to cause political problems – and that conscripts generally don’t make the best soldiers.

During the Vietnam War, soldiers pressed into service “brought in attitudes and behaviors that were contrary to good order and discipline,” including drug use and insubordination, says Brandon Archuleta, an Army strategist and an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security.

That said, these were behaviors often linked to outrage in the face of unfairness in the draft system, including classism and racism, analysts note.

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Authors

  • Brandon J. Archuleta

    Adjunct Senior Fellow in the Military, Veterans, and Society Program

    Brandon J. Archuleta, Ph.D. is a U.S. Army Strategist and Adjunct Senior Fellow in the Military, Veterans, and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security. His r...