Army Command Sgt. Maj. Jeff Mellinger, 58, is believed to be the last conscripted soldier to have served continuously without a break. He is set to retire this summer. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Photo by: Alex Brandon

Army Command Sgt. Maj. Jeff Mellinger, 58, is believed to be the last conscripted soldier to have served continuously without a break. He is set to retire this summer. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)