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Military Draft

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.

Draft Registration Eyed For Elimination

AP | RICHARD LARDNER | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Two lawmakers are waging a little-noticed campaign to abolish the Selective Service System, the independent federal agency that man...

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.

Should Young Farmers Be Exempt From a National Draft?

Jenna Woginrich | Posted 06.16.2012 | Green
Jenna Woginrich

Would you be willing to grow or raise your own food in a time of national emergency such as war? Do you even know how?

War. What Is It Good For?

Dr. Lawrence M. Schall | Posted 06.09.2012 | College
Dr. Lawrence M. Schall

Since I became a father 30 years ago, I think about war differently. Would I want my son or daughter "drafted" to fight a particular war? Do I believe in the cause enough that I would be willing to sacrifice my life or the life of one of my children?

The Afghanistan Killings: Time for Self-Reflection

Rajan Menon | Posted 05.22.2012 | World
Rajan Menon

It's easy to express outrage and sadness over the Panjwai killings and to debate their cause. What's harder to do, but what we should do, is to reflect on ourselves in the light of what occurred.

Repeated Military Deployment Is Like Waterboarding

Eliot Daley | Posted 05.21.2012 | Politics
Eliot Daley

Sgt. Bales is a prime example: he had been sent into battle, faced death, then came home to comfort and safety. Then he was thrust back into battle, facing bombs and bullets and possible death once more, then home to comfort and safety. Again and again.

One Deployment Only

Lisa Wexler | Posted 05.14.2012 | Politics
Lisa Wexler

I am the mother of an 18 year old and a 24 year old. The last thing I wish to see is for this country to institute another draft. Nonetheless, I believe our current situation is unfair, disproportionately burdening a tiny percent of the population with the actual costs of warfare.

Rangel Calls For Controversial Measure

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 12.07.2011 | Politics

Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday renewed his call for a military draft, speaking on the House floor on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor. "I...