I have been giving this topic a lot of thought lately. I served in the Army for six years on Active Duty from 1975-81. It was during the post-Vietnam all volunteer era. While this thread specifically asks about a draft now to provide fodder for Iraq, I started thinking about “the long term”. So, I’ll toss out this “discussion hand grenade”:
I think the the US SHOULD have an ongoing draft.
I believe ALL 18 year olds should be subject to “Selective Service” with no deferments.
They should serve two years in either a branch of the military or, if conscientious objectors, two years in the Peace Corps. There should be another option for those who are incapable of serving in either of those capacities to serve 3-4 years in some other governmental related service (public school teachers?).
My reasoning? If we have a true cross section of Americans in the military, including the sons and daughters of the rich and/or of the members of Congress, more serious thought would be given before committing America’s youth to be placed in harm’s way in wars of aggression, such as what we have going on in Iraq. And more serious opposition would be raised BEFORE we got ourselves into another mess by a cross section of Americans who would all be affected by this decision.
So, we should probably avoid going back to a draft now, but when and if we get out of the mess we’ve created in the Middle East, at that time we should re-institute “Selective Service”.