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All Volunteer Force

Ramesh,

The volunteering has always and only referred to the signing up part of the military. Exiting – even in an all-volunteer force – has always been at the pleasure of the services and dependent upon their needs. We had plenty of “stop-losses” prior to the WOT – including in the Gulf War and other crises for certain specialties.

There has never been a voluntary aspect to exiting.

John HillenMr. Hillen is the incoming Wheat Professor of Leadership and Ethics at Hampden-Sydney College and is a co-author of What Happens Now: Reinvent Yourself as a Leader Before Your Business Outruns You.

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