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Originally posted by syntaxer
Are Democrats pushing to reinstate the Draft during a Republican Presidency? If you're Red or Blue, Conservative or Liberal, what are you feelings towards resurrecting the Draft?
[edit on 13-6-2005 by syntaxer]
Originally posted by Dances With Angels
Would the draft include both men and women?
Originally posted by skippytjc
(Man I am going to get flammed for this one)
I actually like mandatory enlistment, I think Israel does it. 100% enlistment obligation after high school. Not all would need to be combatants of course, but some sort of service. Two years, college credit earned while in and incentives to stay if they choose to.
This way you always have a virtually unlimited pool at your disposal. I think today’s young Americans would benefit from the discipline as well.
Originally posted by ThatsJustWeird
Let's be realistic here, virtually no congressman is going to vote for this. That's reality. No matter how many times it's brought up. Especially not with an election year next year. Believe it or not, congressmen like to get reelected and not commit political suicide.
The current selective service law if instituted does not draft woman. In addition it starts the draft at 20 (or 21?) year olds not 18.
It has very specific and limited ability to dodge the draft by going to college. If I remember correctly you can only be deferred to the end of the semester if you are drafted.
Since the military even if we doubled the size of the Army would only need about 500,000 draftees we are looking at about a 20% chance any individual 20 year old would be drafted. If they were drafted for 18 months you are looking at an ongoing need to draft at most 15% of any year group in the following years.
Unless we were planning to fight World War III I don't see the draft becoming the monster some imagine.
Even if we assume a war with Iran and the need for such a draft for 4 years at a draft rate double what I figure I doubt we will see what happened in Vietnam.
Unlike Vietnam most young people are aware of the threat of Islamic terrorism. Studies tend to show that the young are far more hawkish then their parents and Vietnam era grandparents.
Your white liberals who do most of the protesting also tend to not have many kids so those who will scream the loudest will still be the least likely to be effected.
Originally posted by junglejake
The whole concept behind this draft is that the poor will no longer have to fight America's wars. The mentality, I think, is that the poor are the only ones in the military now, and they want to force the rich to have to participate as well.
Besides, we only have two more days until the draft begins
Originally posted by Dr Love
....so here's what I think is going to happen. Another more jaw-dropping "terrorist" attack will happen that will force Congress' hand. The people will accept it for fear of being labeled "unpatriotic". As I've said before, it's a time-tested process...
Originally posted by Lysergic
Can't we just hire some more Mercs?
or hand out more green cards to those wanting to come here, just get them to sign up for manditory 5 yr duty service
Originally posted by Dr Love
Another more jaw-dropping "terrorist" attack will happen that will force Congress' hand. The people will accept it for fear of being labeled "unpatriotic". As I've said before, it's a time-tested process.