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A Fair and Equitable Method of Recruitment? Conscription by Ballot into the Australian Army during the Vietnam War




Type Of Work


  • Scholarly edition

Abstract


  • Australia’s commitment to the Vietnam War drew on the selective conscription of additional manpower through 16 biannual ballots. 20-year-old men were liable to serve if their date of birth was drawn out. The random nature of the ballot was seen as

    an equitable method of selection for a system of labour coercion that was potentially life-threatening. We investigate the various stages of conscription of these ‘national servicemen’ to undertake service in Vietnam throughout the war and evaluate the

    extent to which the processes provided for fair and equitable selection. Comparisons are drawn with a similar process of Vietnam-War era conscription in the United States.

UOW Authors


Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Ville, S., & Siminski, P. (2011). A Fair and Equitable Method of Recruitment? Conscription by Ballot into the Australian Army during the Vietnam War. Retrieved from http://business.uow.edu.au/econ/who/UOW010542.html

Web Of Science Accession Number


Type Of Work


  • Scholarly edition

Abstract


  • Australia’s commitment to the Vietnam War drew on the selective conscription of additional manpower through 16 biannual ballots. 20-year-old men were liable to serve if their date of birth was drawn out. The random nature of the ballot was seen as

    an equitable method of selection for a system of labour coercion that was potentially life-threatening. We investigate the various stages of conscription of these ‘national servicemen’ to undertake service in Vietnam throughout the war and evaluate the

    extent to which the processes provided for fair and equitable selection. Comparisons are drawn with a similar process of Vietnam-War era conscription in the United States.

UOW Authors


Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Ville, S., & Siminski, P. (2011). A Fair and Equitable Method of Recruitment? Conscription by Ballot into the Australian Army during the Vietnam War. Retrieved from http://business.uow.edu.au/econ/who/UOW010542.html

Web Of Science Accession Number