posted on Dec, 13 2004 @ 06:39 PM
Uncle Same wants you, and it doesn't seem to matter what age you are either. I find it hard to believe that a 70 year old retired surgeon is fit for
active duty. I applaud the guy for for wanting to serve again, but this should tell us all something about the current state of the military.
Dr. John Caulfield thought it had to be a mistake when the Army asked him to return to active duty. After all, he's 70 years old and had already
retired - twice. He left the Army in 1980 and private practice two years ago.
"My first reaction was disbelief," Caulfield said. "It never occurred to me that they would call a 70-year-old."
In fact, he was so sure it was an error that he ignored the postcards and telephone messages asking if he would be willing to volunteer for active
duty to "backfill" somewhere on the East Coast, Europe or Hawaii. That would be OK, he thought. It would release active duty oral surgeons from those
areas to go to combat zones in Iraq or Afghanistan.
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With dropping numbers of volunteers and increased combat casualties, it seems that our government is at the point where they really need to
reconsider any future major conflicts. If this is what things have come to, shoudln't they be atleast a tad bit worried that we don't have the
capacity to fight the wars that they want to fight? I think that my main concern will be the use of more PMCs to do the fighting for us. War is
driving the markets enough already without companies who will only fight for money. I think that the current state of affairs really shows us some
insight into the country, and where it stands on our current military agendas. Is there really any choice for the government except to institute a