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There are no plans to reinstate a military draft and the Bush administration does not support conscription, the Pentagon's top official for personnel and readiness told Congress yesterday.
Trying to counter recent Internet rumors that the military and the Selective Service System are girding for a potential draft to support operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, Undersecretary of Defense David S.C. Chu said there is no reason to bring back the draft. He fielded questions at a House Armed Services Committee hearing that focused on the strains on military personnel as officials plan to rotate more troops into the conflicts in coming months.
Originally posted by Jalengrma
That tells me that at some point they are going to have to give serious consideration to bolstering up the number of troops.
Do you always believe what the administration tells you?
Originally posted by ThatsJustWeird
US Starts Drawing Plans to Cut Its Troops in Iraq
A draft simply isn't necessary right now. Less than 1/4th of our army is in Iraq. The reason why it seems stretched thin is because we don't want to take our troops out of other places, but if it got real bad we would do that before any draft.
Originally posted by TheCatalyst
So, then if less than 1/4 of our military is in Iraq, howcome, many military officials are saying that our military in Iraq is stretched out and is in dire need of reinforcement?
And, if you say we need more troops in Iraq, and yet according to you we have those extra troops avalaible for deployment, then howcome we aren't doing anything about it and just letting the matter get worse?
And by the way, it is real bad.
Originally posted by curme
Aren't there two bills in congress right now to start the draft by next June?
Originally posted by Shoktek
There are the two bills hr163 and s89 that clearly plan out a draft...these bills probably won't pass, although there are some senators and house members who support a draft...