I also think there are prices too high to pay to save the United States. Conscription is one of them. Conscription is slavery, and I don't think that any people or nation has a right to save itself at the price of slavery for anyone, no matter what name it is called. We have had the draft for twenty years now; I think this is shameful. If a country can't save itself through the volunteer service of its own free people, then I say : Let the damned thing go down the drain!
— Robert A. Heinlein, 1961
An army cannot be built without reprisals. Masses of men cannot be led to death unless the army command has the death-penalty in its arsenal. So long as those malicious tailless apes that are so proud of their technical achievementsóthe animals that we call menówill build armies and wage wars, the command will always be obliged to place the soldiers between the possible death in the front and the inevitable one in the rear."
Military examiner: Is there a reason why you're keeping your jacket on?
Fonzie: I don't want to get caught in a draft.
Some folks are born to wave the flag,
Ooh, they're red, white and blue.
And when the band plays "Hail to the chief",
'Ooh, they point the cannon at you, Lord,
It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no senator's son, son.
It ain't me, it ain't me; I ain't no fortunate one, no.
— Fortunate Son
"Conscription if necessary, but not necessarily conscription."
— Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King on the Conscription Crisis of 1944.
"Got a letter in the mail. 'Go to war or go to jail'."
—Excerpt from a US Army cadence.