Backdoor draft – Military term used to describe the current government policy of keeping troops in the military beyond their original enlistment contracts through the utilization of “stop loss orders” (keeping specific shortage job specialties such as military intelligence and aviation in) and “stop movement orders” (locking down entire units so that troops can’t leave the military or rotate out into another unit). Some troops have spent one to two years serving past their enlistment contract or retirement date.
“Man, it sucks to be SGT Johnson.”
“He had a scholarship to UT set up but now the Army’s keeping him in for another year to send him back to Iraqistan.”
“Is he going to loose his scholarship?”
“Probably. Damn backdoor draft.”
February 10, 2005