Uncle Gramp Wants You for the Ukrainian Army!
Equity theory writ large: Junior conscripts, speaking in surzhyk, deplore the idea of discontinuing the draft for fear of being denied the opportunity to bully the next wave of juniors.
The draft should stay by all means, because we were pushed around. We should push around somebody, too, or else no way would it be fair.
Not fair at all! We need the next draft. How come we’ll be all by ourselves? Gramps [seniors] get along well with scoops [juniors], and we’ll get along well with them, too.
Rampant military bullying, known as didivshchyna in Ukrainian, or dedovshchina in Russian, leads to permanent disabilities, frequent fatalities, and mass draft-dodging. As a result, the army mostly calls up the least educated and the most disadvantaged young people unable to bribe their way out of the recruiting station.
Recently, President Yushchenko publicly nixed Tymoshenko’s campaign promise of abolishing the draft as early as next year.
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