John F. Kennedy once said, "Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country." Today, the responsibilities of an American citizen are to pay taxes and vote. The relatively high standard of living in America allows citizens the privilege of living day-to-day ignorant or apathetic about soldiers who are being killed and killing others overseas. There's a huge disconnect between the American civilian population and the brave women and men fighting and dying to protect it. This sense of detachment is pretty understandable; it's always easier to catch up on the latest episode of The Bachelorette than to stay updated with the Iraq war, for which there was less than one percent of media coverage in 2010.
The last institution of the draft was during the Vietnam War, and it was the most unpopular and fiercely resisted conscription in American history. However, the draft did manage at least one positive outcome: The issue of the war was brought to dinner tables all around America. Nearly everyone had a son, brother, husband or father fighting in Vietnam, and all Americans felt the repercussions of engaging in an overseas war. But the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have not consequences that felt as intimate and personal to all citizens, and this can be directly attributed to the all-volunteer force.
Citizenship is not a spectator sport. The rights and privileges that come with being a citizen are not gratuitous and come with certain duties. The United States has been involved in several wars and conflicts since the 1973 termination of the draft. But the majority of Americans continue to live under a shroud of comfortable ignorance, shielded from the sacrifice that should be shared by all citizens during wartime. This ignorance has led to a warped perception of American citizenship in which responsibilities that should be assumed by all are shouldered by the few and the poor. Service is an obligation to protect the country that has protected its citizens' rights, and to me, there is nothing more conceivably undemocratic than tolerating the sacrifices made by a mercenary army in order to enable the privileges enjoyed by the elite.
In a democracy, equal rights imply equal responsibilities. Although forcing every private citizen to serve may seem radical and undemocratic at first blush, something must be done to rectify the average American's misplaced patriotism. Compulsory military service, national service, or even an expansion of AmeriCorps should at least be considered as an option. I mean absolutely no offense to the all-volunteer force, but the decision to send troops overseas is one that should be made with a full understanding of the consequences. The proverbial "rich man's war, poor man's fight" must be changed into every man's fight.
Your freedom is taken away, either by military...
...Where you follow orders or get shot, or by sending you to prison, which is nearly identical fate. There are enough war-crazy nutters in this world who think they're gonna get a decent paycheck/pension, who will willingly sign up, that a draft is totally unnecessary. Besides which, you get sentenced to a life of isolation, moving from place to place, and crazy discipline for stupid reasons (nobody cares that your shoes are shined).
To make matters worse, there are religious groups like the Quakers that are exempt. To make matters worse, only men have to sign up for selective service, making it completely sexist, and essentially a form of slavery to the state.
To make matters worse still, this sick and inhumane thing is voted 61%, meaning roughly 2/3 of the population are controlling jerks who are okay with sentencing the population to be murdered or become murderers. You guys should feel horrible.
NO they shouldn't
People on the yes side are dumb, You can't put some random person that doesn't want to be in war out to war. What's the point your only as strong as your weakest link, and if he holds you back, it can cost a life nor a war. People who should be in the military are the ones who want to fight for their country. But I still got to total respect for the people who want to do that because they risk their lives for us, god bless them.
Even if this provides benefits many will still perish in the war.
Many lives will be wasted that could have otherwise changed the world. War is never constructive many lives will be thrown away. Families will outlaw and vote against this detrimental law. This could be detrimental to society and increase racism and patriotism to the point of Nazism. Many people could become criminals because of the fact that they were forced to kill in the war.
No, it may not be necessary in the future
I imagine that human soldiers may be obselete in the future, we'll have robots that are controlled remotely or are autonomous and will be able to do anything a human soldier can do and better. No human, even with any amount of genetic engineering, will be able to match machine sodiers with so many advantages it's not funny. In reality, there's no way Techcom could have won a war with machines that don't need to eat, sleep, never get tired, never miss, don't make mistakes, or more accuate, and can do everything better, faster and longer than any human could.
Not all of us are cut out for war.
Not all people are built for fighting in a war environment. Why should a scientific mind die fighting for the people he could be helping scientifically? I understand a war draft in a time of great need, but save people who could have better use off the front for the low priority on the draft.
System of a down-B.Y.O.B.
All that would happen is, the poor and the middle class peoples would be forced to fight, to fight for the rich. To protect the high class. The high class peoples can just buy they're way out of enlistment, a rich family's son is told he must join the army? Nope. Daddy will just come and pay off the recruiters. In the end, the rich will basically own everything. All the poor people will be out fighting, killing, and being killed. Meanwhile the rich will be at home making money, and just getting fatter and fatter. I have complete respect for the people who want to protect their country and everyone but i cant say that i'm one of them. Id rather just get a job and be happy with my life. And you cant say that people could die because people don't want to fight in the war, because why don't you look at the news in Detroit and Phoenix and Chicago. Look and see how many people are shot by gags and robbers and serial killers everyday. I can bet you none of those guys will join the army. They'll just be staying there and killing more people. What do we do about that? And if everybody is drafted and recruited into the military then we will have even less police officers. Then what?
There Are Enough Volunteers
No, military service should not be mandatory. There are still people who remember Viet Nam and the draft. War is never an easy decision, but military service should not be mandatory. The rules and regulations of the military do not suit everyone. If a person is forced to go into the military and eventually finds out they just can’t make the grade, they end up with a dishonorable discharge that is an embarrassment for the rest of their lives. As long as the military provides free training and schooling there will always be people enough who will volunteer.
Plenty of Volunteers
The U.S. military has plenty of volunteers who sign up for duty. With enough benefits due to military service, plenty of Americans sign up willingly every year. Military service in the United States should never be mandatory. If the war is justified, enough people will join the force of their own volition.
The issue is complex
God Bless those who serve in the American military. That they answered a call when they did not have to makes them more honorable than anyone who would be drafted. That said, the military is necessary because of all the threats any nation faces, including America, just naturally. In an attack, the government may have to resume the draft. But if they have to compile it again, then they will have a harder time. With increased communication speeds, world leaders should be on the phone and talk like adults to work out conflicts. America should mind it's own business in the world, and should not have a easy way to fight all kinds of spontaneous wars. And historically the rich and well-connected have not served. As imperfect as the volunteer system is, the population has free will and can worry about the already troublesome future economy. If they want the honor, service members should receive lots of benefits for their service. And just to even consider that someone can die, changes the equation of how obligated they are. Our government is already spying however, and it should focus freedom on domestic, not foreign, enemies. The military members should be commended with all appropriate measures, but an obligation to the public should not be a potentially fatal one. Yes, the military has lots of noncombat roles, but someone has to fill the combat ones. Likely, the poor with less paperwork maneuvering will. Thus, the draft should not exist erring on the side of free will.
Military services must be voluntary.
There are people who don’t fit its system and there are enough volunteers to keep the country safe and trained for the worst. Furthermore, calling a householder for duty would be an injustice in a country which freedom is so glorified. Instead, the country must always give prestige for the militaries, so that the people who are compatible with its system give their name without any pressure by others.