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Originally posted by Jenna
The all-voluntary military we currently have works, and last I heard had more volunteers than open slots, there is no reason for them to re-start the draft.
Originally posted by Aeons
Yep. They make good front line fodder.
The problem is that they reform into gangs inside, then start causing problems by trying to take over the power structure, or threatening their superiors.
You would literally have to break them first. Break every gang. Break every member. Then reform their pride into something that was directed at something larger and less problematic. Constantly.
At the same time - I'm pretty sure that is what these guys are FOR. Genetically, these guys aren't SUPPOSED to survive very long. They are supposed to be out and die doing something "for the tribe" early. Just alive long enough to breed and die doing their piece. That way they don't need the extra social abilities to get on for very long. No worries about extra problems caused by them in the tribe - they die before they become overly problematic.
In modern times, it doesn't work. They need to have some ability to be decent. When criminals and the criminally insane have run all the militaries in the world, the problems they cause with the local populaces they were in was localized. Now, if they do what they do to a populace - rape, pillage, etc - well, the whole world will take it out on THE COUNTRY they belong to. Which is very damaging. So you need people who can fight and NOT be insane criminals with a licence to be bad.
[edit on 2009/5/29 by Aeons]
Originally posted by GuiltyByDesign
I am currently in the military, and I have enough to worry about with the enemy IN FRONT OF ME.
I have no desire to have to watch my back in fear of my own 'men'.
Originally posted by eightonefive
actually you are wrong. I just read that recruiters are committing suicide because they can't make thir monthly quotas.
It's a concern also raised by the FBI. In a recent report the agency warned: "Military training could ultimately result in more sophisticated and deadly gangs ... as well deadly assaults on law enforcement officers."