Is it high time the draft was brought back?
"Yes, sir," argues military reporter Tom Ricks in The New York Times. But this time around, he suggests, young people should have the choice to serve in the armed forces, volunteer for civilian service...or opt out of ever getting any benefits from Uncle Sam. Here's Ricks in short:
Option 1: Serve in the armed forces, but (amazingly) avoid actually fighting by performing tasks currently outsourced. For those who pursue this option for at least 18 months, Ricks would offer low pay but good post-service benefits, including college tuition.
Option 2: Civilian national service for a longer period than Option 1, with equally low pay, but similar benefits. Teaching in low-income neighborhoods, picking up litter, and caring for the elderly are the domestic tasks Ricks has in mind.
Option 3: For libertarians who reject the whole idea on principle. "Those who want minimal government can have it," writes Ricks, but should expect, in their lifetime, "no Medicare, no subsidized college loans and no mortgage guarantees."
Via The New York Times (HT Mother Jones).
Two years of government slavery for us. I own me and you own you, if you want to volunteer for something you believe in go ahead. In a free country there is no such thing as compulsion. A voluntary society is a free society, anything else is slavery. We owe nothing to the government.
Terrible idea. The US government doesn't have a good past of intelligently using the military. People shouldn't be coerced into joining such a mismanaged organization. Furthermore, a draft would give the government an excuse to further shortchange our men and women in uniform. If there's a draft and they have no choice the government doesn't have to promise higher pay and more benefits to get people into the military. They already overtrump the benefits. Most people who join the military never get college benefits because there's all kinds of requirements that they don't tell you about in the advertisements. Even today many of the new veterans deal with problems such as unemployment and homelessness. If the government has trouble getting enough people in the military the burden is on the government to make it a more attractive option both by providing adequate compensation, a safety net in case I become disabled, and making better foreign policy decisions. Then nobody would even be talking about a draft because the government's military needs would be met easily.
On the other hand, For welfare(not counting disability or Medicare-which I think should be expanded by nixing the words "over 65" or college help, I mean the "I can't find work, I need money" kind of welfare) this might not be a bad idea. But this is how I'd have it work, welfare can only be temporary, people on welfare must do any and all volunteer work required of them (volunteer organizations could register with the government to get welfare recipients referred to them) up to a reasonable amount of time (they need enough time to go job-hunting obviously) that doesn't require them to move to another location and that meets their skills set(which will be assessed beforehand). Their skills set should also be compared with opportunities in private and public sector jobs including the Military, Americorp, and the Peace Corp as well as educational opportunities for jobs that require a degree, and then assisted into moving towards a job. When a suitable opportunity is found their welfare is gone and they can either take the opportunity or not have any money. Some sort of system will have to be set up so employers don't know you went through this system to prevent them from taking advantage of the situation and paying ridiculously low wages.
This is horseshit.anyone who thinks this is a good idea needs a reality check.the u.s military was meant to be voluntary.just another example of how the government grows until it dominates every aspect of our lives.it starts with an artical and a few people in power thinking this would be a good idea,and ends up becoming a reality.
CommonSense, I get your point and I agree I'm not fond of govt force overtaking free will to choose. My point about earning it wasn't earning an occupation but learning about the value of citizenship, service to others, and even hard work for low pay teaches us something. Minimum wage jobs you had in high school probably inspired you to continue education or vocational training because you certainly didn't want the job you had forever. I simply think there are valuable lessons to be learned here for our youth. Whether its the military, the Peace Corps, or some national community service type work, its better than raising a generation that sees entitlement as their future and their birthright.
Agreed, somewhat. Personally, I don't think there should be a draft of any sort, but I can see the advantages of having one. Which are largely already pointed out by you, Wolf.
Americans need to learn the value of hard work again, because (the Christian equivalent of) God knows entitlement is rampant. Though, as it stands, I've seen people who have gone to the military and come back feeling more entitled than when they left.
My brother-in-law pulled eight years, before he went in he was the nicest guy, always ready to work hard and do what needed to be done. He's been out for two years now, and feels he is entitled to whatever he gets without having to work for it. It's sickening, sometimes. Though he has been through a lot in Afghanistan and Iraq.
And the help he's receiving for the problems incurred mentally and emotionally over there is disgusting. They've done absolutely nothing to help him since he came back in 2010.
Wow,right out of Starship Troopers.my first instinct is to say hell ya,but then i think how our troops are being to subject to UN & international jurisdiction,wearing blue helmets,the restriction on being able to defend themselves,being forced into harms way without having ammo for their weapons at times and the total disregard that this administration and others have for the military,i don,t hardly think so
I like the idea of some kind of service in order to receive benefits. I don't like the idea of a draft. I am very Pro Military and as a 23 year veteran, I have experienced the benefits that it has brought me. However, I have also seen that the military is not for everyone. Forcing someone to join, that isn't cut out for it, or doesn't want to be there will be detrimental to leadership and to fellow service members. Hell on my last deployment we had plenty of drama out of some folks, and these guys all volunteered to serve.
I don't think the Military Draft should be brought back for the reasons stated. We should only have the Draft when the USA is in a declared war -- and then because of need, not just to allow governmental benefits. This sounds too much like bribery to suit me.
It's not exactly a draft. And it doesn't specify ONLY military service. It requires CIVIL service in order to be able to qualify for certain benefits. No one is being forced under this "idea," but given a choice to contribute a short amount of time for the betterment of our society.
Based on Ricks' bios on the NYT website and Wikipedia, I see no evidence that he's ever served this country in either a military or civilian capacity. Just another hypocrite who preaches but doesn't practice.
Heck I'd already BE serving if the government would give the disabled population its due and allow us to fill support roles. I'm good with computers and tech, yet I can't serve my country because I can't MARCH my ass up to a console. Oh but if you get crippled WHILE serving, you're a hero and patriot.
IMO as far as Starship Troopers goes the book was FAR superior to that campy POS that shares its name...and don't even get me started on the steaming pile that is the sequels.
Same with Battlefield Earth...kick butt sci-fi no matter how you feel about the author...but the movie was a disappointment on its own...AND because it ended at the book's halfway point! Yes I'm derailing the discussion but I do love my sci-fi.
We have become one of the finest volunteer forces of fighting men and women because we got rid of the draft. Anyone remember Vietnam? All the draft dodgers and folks fleeing off to Canada? The Draft does not work. This is coming from someone who Voluntarily enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, who Voluntarily Chose to serve his country. I think civil and/or military service can do good for a person. However, not everyone is cut out for service and even if they are the question as to whether or not they really want to serve also comes into play. I say no to the draft.