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A key US lawmaker leading the fight against military spending cuts has warned that dramatic new reductions could force the United States to shift from an all-volunteer military and reinstate the draft.
House Armed Services Committee Buck McKeon, a Republican, told Fox News television on Monday that lawmakers "need to understand what it's going to mean to keep an all-volunteer force."
"Do we want to reinstitute the draft? Some of the cuts we're talking about would take over 200,000 out of end strength from our military," McKeon said in remarks also reported in the Washington Post on Tuesday.
Originally posted by Vitchilo
But the only way to accomplish that is to have people that are trained for years so they become professionals... not ``let's draft soldiers and the boot camp will be enough`` type of army.
Originally posted by METACOMET
I'm curious to know how a drafted force is cheaper than a volunteer force?
I agree with the OP in that this is fear mongering by the MI complex to get what they want $$$. However, I wouldn't count it out as impossible by any means.
Originally posted by halfoldman
How interesting this should be mooted virtually on the same day as being gay is no longer an excuse to be kicked out of the US army; or I suppose in a draft situation ... kicked in!
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
A vital element in keeping the peace is our military establishment. Our arms must be mighty, ready for instant action, so that no potential aggressor may be tempted to risk his own destruction.
america has a duty and a responsiblity to not repeat the past mistakes of disarming like after ww1