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Old 05-07-2012, 08:27 PM
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While I agree that declining to volunteer is not questionable, it does indicate the shift in norms.

I think (and perhaps someone more familiar with mid-century social norms could correct me) that failing to volunteer if you were healthy and able to serve was seen as rather distasteful and dishonorable during WWI and II. I have to think that if Nixon (to use one example) had used his Quakerism to avoid service during WWII he would never have been elected president.
During a war, perhaps, but in peacetime, the vast majority of able-bodied men don't volunteer, and if they did, the military would have no way to use them all.