Did soldiers who were drafted and served in Vietnam have an effect on the morale of those soldiers who served voluntarily?What impact would these conscripted soldiers have on the morale of their...

Did soldiers who were drafted and served in Vietnam have an effect on the morale of those soldiers who served voluntarily?

What impact would these conscripted soldiers have on the morale of their voluntairly enlisted counterparts?

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The presence of draftees in the army generally served to lower the morale of soldiers who were there voluntarily.  This is, of course, only a generalization.

Military morale is built at least in part on a foundation of esprit de corps among the soldiers.  Soldiers feel that they are all in the fight together and that they need to take care of one another.  In Vietnam, however, the large number of draftees meant that not everyone really felt that they were in the war together.  Instead, some supported the war and some did not.

In addition, good morale requires the vast majority of the soldiers to feel that what they are doing is important and valuable.  In Vietnam, there were many draftees who did not feel that way.  This led to much lower morale among the volunteers because they could not feel that everyone in their units cared about the war and would fight as hard as they (the volunteers) would.

In these ways and others, the presence of draftees harmed morale among the volunteers.

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