In July, 1973 then-U.S. Secretary of Defense Melvin R. Laird announced the U.S. military would fill its ranks with volunteers, not draftees. In the last fifty years over 11 million volunteers have signed up, making the All-Volunteer Force a model recruitment process for the country. Hosts LTG (Ret.) Leslie C. Smith and SMA (Ret.) Dan Dailey sit down with General (Ret.) Carter Ham to discuss what it was like being amongst the first to volunteer in that 1973 volunteer class, and then chat with Lt. Gen. Walter E. Piatt to discuss what the Army is doing this month to celebrate the 50th anniversary.
GEN Carter Ham, U.S. Army Retired
LTG Walter Piatt, Director of the Army Staff
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