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Senate Votes To Include Women In The Draft

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.16.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted Tuesday to require women to register for the draft, an action with little practical impact anytime soon -- the U.S. has...

Muhammad Ali, the War and Me

Eric Mink | Posted 06.05.2016 | Politics
Eric Mink

Ali's personal pursuit of fair treatment under the law began about two years before mine. With the Vietnam War raging and young men subject to a mandatory military draft, Ali and I both sought official designation as conscientious objectors to war and killing.

Muhammad Ali Was No Draft Dodger; His Stance Against War Was Libertarian

Tom Mullen | Posted 06.04.2016 | Politics
Tom Mullen

While the overwhelming majority of public remembrances will be praiseworthy, there are still those who have never forgiven Ali for his refusal to comply with the military draft in the 1960s.

Lawmakers dodge the draft and their oath

Donna McAleer | Posted 05.27.2016 | Women
Donna McAleer

There is a cartoon that circulates annually this time of year. With a picture of a young boy at the table and hands in prayer position and a set of do...

For a Stronger Military, Draft Women Too

Jessica Trisko Darden | Posted 05.20.2016 | Politics
Jessica Trisko Darden

This week, Republican leaders in the House of Representatives quashed a proposed measure that would have required American women between the ages of 18 and 25 to register for the draft, even though both the House and Senate Armed Services committees' endorsed the idea.

Uncle Sam Needs Coders. Here's How The Military Could Draft Them.

The Huffington Post | David Wood | Posted 05.10.2016 | Politics

Could Uncle Sam track down and draft a dozen 30-something computer programmers if the Army suddenly needed them? Not yet. But the idea’s out there. ...

Bernie Sanders Opposes Perpetual War, Unlike Clinton and Trump

H. A. Goodman | Posted 12.28.2015 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

America's one-party system on foreign policy and war comes with consequences. Don't discount the reality of a military draft with either Trump or Clinton, especially with low Army recruiting numbers. Only Bernie Sanders opposes perpetual quagmires in the name of defeating terror.

When Leaders Declare War

William S. Becker | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics
William S. Becker

I do not believe in war, but neither do I believe we are done with it. What I know for certain is that no future conflict should be started by leaders who do not have the courage to be honest about why it is necessary and to engage the entire nation in the effort.

In Defense of Gen Y

Phu Nguyen | Posted 02.18.2015 | College
Phu Nguyen

When we found out expectation paired with effort wasn't the end all, we added new needs to the equation of success. These needs became creativity, the ability to see beyond expectation and hard work, and the need to change the landscape of what we want success to be.

Michael McAuliff

Charlie Rangel Pushes For Draft, War Tax To Battle ISIS | Michael McAuliff | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Tough talk is cheap, and so are votes to go to war if lawmakers and most of their constituents don't suffer any consequences, said Rep. ...

Draft Notices Sent To 14,000 Dead Men

Reuters | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics

By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa., July 10 (Reuters) - Jane Huey was surprised, to say the least, when a letter arrived at her Kingston,...

Beyond Economic Inequality: Worry About Inequality of Sacrifice

Jonathan Russo | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Russo

The lack of a draft has created two Americas; one America indirectly dictating, almost tacitly, that the other America has no viable alternative to risking life and limb.

Uncle Sam (Should) Want You!: National Service vs. Mass Incarceration

Steven Conn | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Steven Conn

If we are going to end the Era of Mass Incarceration, we need to begin a new era of providing opportunities for boys to grow into men.

From Veteran's Day to National Service Day

Christopher Holshek | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

Just cutting the defense budget and rebalancing to the Reserves will go only so far to make us stronger, more secure, and most of all freer. Institutionalizing national service and sacrifice will help restore enduring national strengths.

Uncle Sam Wants You, Stars of Stage and Screen and the Sporting World

William Astore | Posted 12.17.2013 | Politics
William Astore

If our celebrities who profit the most from America are unwilling to defend it the way Stewart and Williams did, perhaps that's not just a sign of societal rot. Perhaps it's a sign that our wars are simply not vital to us. And if that's the case, shouldn't we end them?

Is It Time to Return to a Draft?

Tom Carpenter | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Tom Carpenter

Why should that question be asked unless someone can show the all-volunteer force (AVF) is not working and sustainable? A recently published book with...

Burning Obamacare Draft Cards

Hal Donahue | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics
Hal Donahue

For a right-wing group to use callow youth to make light of the horrendous sacrifices suffered by my generation, both for and against war, I find disgraceful and offensive.

On Serving Our Fellow Americans and the World

Richard Walden | Posted 08.24.2013 | Impact
Richard Walden

I have trouble believing that a large majority of America's young (with their parents' support) would not serve if offered the opportunity.

What If Everyone Knew What War Really Feels Like?

Shad Meshad | Posted 05.12.2013 | Politics
Shad Meshad

I'm not saying the draft should be reinstated, but I am saying that we need to do something differently. Perhaps if everyone had an equal stake, we wouldn't just change the channel when the news wasn't good.

More Boots on the Ground for Peace

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

Whether as an active duty soldier in a distant land or as an educated citizen here at home, each of us has a vital role to play in ensuring our collective security.

Going on Mormon Mission Does Not Equal Military Service

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 12.23.2012 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

For Ann Romney to suggest that a two year stint for the church in peacetime Paris is in any way equivalent to serving in Vietnam is an insult to all those brave men and women who did.

Reinstate the Draft... in Modified Form

Allan Brawley | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Allan Brawley

Would this be an enormous undertaking? Certainly. But the country badly needs some nation-building at home and, aside from its goal of having us share the burden of military service, this could make a significant contribution to that process.

Why to Reinstate the Draft

Michael Smerconish | Posted 11.23.2012 | Politics
Michael Smerconish

I see the need for a draft to ensure that a trigger-happy president and Congress don't overextend us in a dangerous world to fulfill commitments that should never have been made.

Andrea Stone

GAO Warns Military Draft Agency Would Be Slow To Mobilize | Andrea Stone | Posted 06.12.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Selective Service System is so understaffed after years of budget cuts that gathering the first inductees to boot camp would take ni...

Ann Romney, Military Mom? No Romney Sons in Service and Mitt Dodged Vietnam

Cynthia Wachtell | Posted 05.07.2012 | Politics
Cynthia Wachtell

The American sons and daughters who Romney would send to Iran almost surely would not include any of his five strapping lads. Nor, if the past decade serves as an indicator, would the American forces in Iran include many of the children of our nation's political leaders.