SeaWolf wrote:I know I'm in the minority but I have always thought that serving in the military should be manditory. Most countries make it mantitory, we are one of the few who do not require military service.
Thing is, most of those countries with mandatory military service are in a situation that is very hostile to their country. And those countries are not only threatened by terrorists, but by a hostile country's military force/s who can invade or bomb their country within a matter of minutes. Mainly, I'm talking about countries like S. Korea and Israel who have good reason to have mandatory military service.
I've no real problem with a draft though. Guy in the article is right, if the US reinstituted a draft, the President would be very hesitant to invade another country without adequate reason. But I'm not so sure about mandatory service when the US really doesn't need it. IMO, that would just bloat the military and drop overall readiness and talent level significantly.