Matthew 10:34Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
Not victims. I just think that an awful lot of our military never expected to be involved in the kind of war we're fighting. Or any war.i'm thinking you are picturing our military members more as victims than they are. yes, you signed the contract you agreed to go, but there are parts of being deployed that are better than being CONUS side.
I can't argue with you on history. You're right. It hasn't been fair -- no more evident than in the Viet Nam war. But the draft I envision would be a fair one - for men and women alike. As to your last sentence, there is no one willing to kill their own children for victory. I see a draft's benefits as being far beyond making war.The draft has never been fair; the rich and connected who seek to avoid military service are always able to do so. working with a volunteer military service allows everyone the ability to avoid joining. the draft is also (let us admit) slavery. necessary perhaps for those scenarios where the nation itself is threatened; but not under any threat less than that. if you're not willing to kill your own children for victory, then it's not worth a draft.
Thank you, Quazi!
I do agree that most young people could benefit from the discipline that military training provides. Compulsory military training followed by service of their choice be it military, social, peace corp, etc.And a certain benefit that our armed forces perform for us when they turn boys into men
Just as a side thought here : I've had the suspicion now for over 20 years that one of the factors aiding in this Great Social & Political Polarization in the land (you know Red State/Blue State) IS that there no longer is conscription. Young Men from various locations and Social strata are not in close confines anymore- don't have to work together and get along.
The cohesion that did come out of this experiance has been diminished.
OMG! Catz, myself and Ned agree on something. I think hell is experiencing snow.
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A draft isn't going to help that. The officer problem is that they get all these guys/girls coming in as 2LTs and then they deploy and abuse the hell out of them and then most of them get out when their 4-5 years is up and you are left with very few Captains.
This is good for promotion but bad overall. In my state, the last Major board that met had 40 slots to fill and only 11 guys who were eligible to be promoted.