Monday, May 10, 2010
It's Revile Again for Some
Draft To Begin Again
June 8th, 1946
By Robert Nelson
In a not so surprising announcement before Congress, President Truman announce the renewal of the draft. As one senator put it "We knew it had to
The President called on all service men to re-enlist and promised increases in rank for those who did so voluntarily. Every returning veteran would get one advancement in rank if they volunteered for 2 more years of service.
The first round of draftees would be all eligible males who did not serve during WWII and are between the ages of 18 and 21.
Then the luck of the draw would fall next on those with least number of points as follows...
1. Service credit -- One point for each month of Army Service since 16 Sep 40. More than 15 days will be counted as a full month.
2. Overseas credit -- One point for each month served overseas since 16 Sep 40.
3. Parenthood credit -- Twelve points for each child under 18 up to a limit of three children.
4. Combat credit -- Five points for each award of combat decorations since 16 Sep 40.
Combat credits, the War Department said, will be based on awards of the Distinguished Service Cross, the Legion of Merit, the Silver Star, the Soldier's Medal, the Bronze Star, the Air Medal, Purple Heart and bronze service stars for participation in battle."
Former enlisted men up to the equivalent rank of Sergeant will receive double pay for the fist 6 months of active duty if they re-enlist within 30 days. Veterans with amphibious warfare training will receive and extra $300 signing bonus. Aviators will receive a $1000 signing bonus.