What did he mean?


When Burt lancaster was talking to Cpl Courcey, he said "we don't get many volunteers here, espcially your kind", or something like that. What did he mean/ What kind is Courcey?

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Courcey was a draftee, he had been drafted into the war.

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As another user said, Cpl. Courcey was a draftee, however he volunteered for service in Viet-Nam. At the early stages of the war, only volunteers were sent to Viet-Nam.

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Courcey is a college educated man too- and in 1964 there weren't many college-educated American draftees in Vietnam. A few years later, that wouldn't seem so unusual.

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As another user said, Cpl. Courcey was a draftee, however he volunteered for service in Viet-Nam. At the early stages of the war, only volunteers were sent to Viet-Nam.

But the quote was: "We don't get many volunteers here, especially your kind." So if what you're saying is true, then wouldn't ALL of the men at that post have been volunteers?

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"As another user said, Cpl. Courcey was a draftee, however he volunteered for service in Viet-Nam. At the early stages of the war, only volunteers were sent to Viet-Nam."

tnilfo said: "But the quote was: 'We don't get many volunteers here, especially your kind.' So if what you're saying is true, then wouldn't ALL of the men at that post have been volunteers?"

At that stage of the war, draftees would have had to specifically volunteer to go to Viet-Nam. The regulars (voluntary original enlistment vs. conscription) were sent there based on their speciality skills, rank, etc. Many regulars wanted to go there to "punch their ticket" for career advancement. Some regulars were probably sent there involuntarily based on their skills.

The quote: "...especially your kind" refers to college educated enlisted soldiers.

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IIRC he called him a tourist.

yea tho I walk thru the valley of Death, I fear no evil for the Shadows are on station over me.

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He wasn`t a draftee in that sense, his CO forced him to go because the CO beat up and dog, and Courcey busted him if I remember.

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