. Conscientious Objectors and Military Conscription

George Anastaplo

in Reflections on Life, Death, and the Constitution

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125336
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135243 | DOI:
. Conscientious Objectors and Military Conscription

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This chapter deals with the government power to conscript. It provides that the Government of the United States can conscript citizens to serve in the military forces of the country. It notes however, that the power to conscript is not expressly provided for in the Constitution, but it has long been considered available to a government authorized to “raise and support Armies.” It further notes that systems of military conscription have been employed during the American Civil War, the First World War, the Second World War, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. It opines that however exalted the status may be of personal liberty in the United States, it does not extend so far as to require that an American army always be made up entirely of volunteers. It notes that the armed forces have, in recent decades, been thus constituted is the result of political, not constitutional, determinations.

Keywords: military conscription; citizens; military forces; Constitution; Armies; conscientious objectors; personal liberty; United States; volunteers

Chapter.  2852 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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