You beat me to it, but you are right
Not really and in fact my exp is that we had higher quality soldiers. In my unit in Vietnam most of us were draftees and we had a very high rep for fighting and wining…exceptionally so in fact. Draftee units were better and I have seen the studies that show this.
I transitioned from a draft Army to a VOLAR (VOLunteer ARmy). The quality of soldiers was epic fail:
I took over a a Platoon leader, 2/58th Inf, Ft Hood Texas around 1976. I was authorized 32 enlisted and 1 officer (myself). I had 48 enlisted assigned. Of that 48 soldiers, only 16 were able to move forward in the military and leave the unit under honorable conditions:
at teh end 18 mo I had:
1 soldier on death row
The FBI/DEA had picked up 3
The rest (I court martial) and none left the military with an Honorable discharge, they were scattered around Ft Hood stockade, Ft Leavenworth Federal Prison, Florida State Prison, Huntsville State Prison (Texas) and in assorted jails await felony charges across Texas and some other state.
I had one soldier, who came to work in a Chauffeur driven Limo every day, lived in a $375,000 home he paid cash for and when the FBI/DEA snatched him the drug business from Texas to California make a HUGE suckin sound and and a lot of folks went into withdrawals.
How bad was it on Ft Hood: On Payday Friday, Darnel Army Hospital had to staff up for OD’s, rapes, shooting and stabbings. The Officer of the day has to carry a .45, full clip and could NOT go on inspections alone. We average a rape per day on post. One of my soldiers robbed Ft Hood Nat Bank, in UNIFORM.
Had a soldier die in my arms before I could get him help he OD’d, still had the needle in his arm and was injecting Chocolate MILK mixed with drugs.
Drugs were so bad that that we would do a surprise inspection late at night and have folks outside the barracks with baskets and flashlights picking up the drugs as they got thrown out the windows. Nothing to get 3 or 4 bushels full, pot, coke, H, you name it.
I had soldiers that signed an “X” to pick up their paycheck, could not read or write.
We were 47% black and a HS diploma was a rare thing…
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