It was the worst idea imaginable during war. Many of those guys were back home in a month or two via a casket, many more are still sitting around VA hospital chewing up tax dollars__Yes, the Vietnam war is still being paid for.<quoted text>
Your fellow travelers on the left will say anything to paint veterans in a bad light.
Your observation that enlistment was often an alternative to jail for minor offenses is correct, and not a bad idea.
It was so bad in 1968 and 1969 that the infantry company commanders wanted draftees only and, depending on the jurisdiction the offenses were not minor in any regard.