How do modern armies with conscription deal with recruits who don’t want to be there?

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My answer to How do modern armies with conscription deal with recruits who don't want to be there?

Answer by Ken Larson:

When the U.S. had conscription in the form of a draft during the Vietnam era a draftee was placed into basic training and objective attempts were made to physically and mentally condition each trainee to be combat ready. He or she was then sent to advanced individual training that further enhanced preparedness in the form of a Military Occupation Specialty.

I was a basic training drill instructor during the above process for several months.

Along the way if a trainee exhibited attitude issues that effected performance they were disciplined, to include restrictions on free time, fines and similar administrative techniques. Physical force was not allowed. If a training went absent without leave (AWOL) they would in all cases be pursued, returned to the service location, incarcerated and placed on trial under the U.S. Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). United States Code of Military Justice

In severe cases, the trainee could be recycled if necessary to begin the process again. If the individual was deemed by the training command as unfit for service, he or she would be discharged as such and it would be made a part of their permanent record.

How do modern armies with conscription deal with recruits who don't want to be there?

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2 Tours in US Army Vietnam. Retired from 36 Years in the Defense Industrial Complex after working on 25 major weapons systems, many of which are in use today in the Middle East. Volunteer MicroMentor. I specialize in Small, Veteran-owned, Minority-Owned and Woman-Owned Businesses beginning work for the Federal Government. MicroMentor is a non-profit organization offering free assistance to small business in business planning, operations, marketing and other aspects of starting and successfully operating a small enterprise. You can set up a case with me at MicroMentor by going to: http://www.micromentor.org/ key words: "Federal Government Contracting"

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