posted on Aug, 27 2008 @ 08:56 AM
Well, I am totally opposed to a draft. The only time a draft is necessary, in my opinion, is when the wars being fought are not fully supported by the
citizenry, i.e. are wars of aggression, wars for profit, etc.
An all volunteer force is sufficient for non-interventionist requirements - a force truly dedicated to protection of the US (speaking of US forces...
). If someone were to invade the US, there would be plenty of volunteers.
That said, IF a draft were to be activated, I would be in favor of every single person - EVERYBODY - being eligible. No deferrments, no
"Daddy's money got you out", none of that.
Modern warfare is not as physical strength-based as it used to be, clearly. Women can pilot aircraft or be a crew member of a tank as well as men.
Clearly there are some jobs, such as hoisting 130mm artillary projectiles around, where raw strength does matter, but there are plenty of jobs where
it is not as vital.
So taking the big picture into consideration, I oppose policies that result in such military adventurism where an all volunteer force is not adequate.
This is the direction I see the US taking at present, and I am in complete opposition to this.
But, if we take that out of the question for the moment, and talk about who is eligible for a draft, I say everybody. And in that case, those who are
unfit for combat duties can fill in some of the many many support roles also necessary.