posted on Aug, 3 2006 @ 02:26 PM
It is interesting to consider the differences between professional and conscripted as it pertains to morale; in a situation such as vietnam, you have
a sizable, well-equipped army, made up largely of draftees. Due to the political climate of the time, many of those soldiers probably did not feel
100% certain that they wanted to be there, or that their cause was just, and those feelings undoubtedly would have effected their performance in
battle. Contrast that with the Army of the Potomac or the Confederacy; both of those armies used conscripts as well, yet the tenacity of those
fighting forces was signifigantly different than those fighting in Vietnam, due to the belief(on both sides) that their cause was utterly correct, and
that honor demanded that they fight with every ounce of strength they had. Thus the percieved cause for which one fights can have a very signifigant
impact on the effectiveness of a fighting force.
One must also consider the feelings of the citizenry from which the army is raised; In a case like Nazi Germany, many of the draftees would already
have been zealous supporters of thier cause, and would need much less conditioning to achieve maximum effectiveness, as compared to an army drawn
from a dissatisfied citizenry. And I think that the tactical edge of morale would play a very strong role in say the Chinese army nowadays. They have
been conditioned from birth with very black and white, us and them ideation, and that mentality would only add to the leathality of their forces.
Whereas our own country has become so polarized that morale could certainly be a problem if a draft were to be instituted.