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Would the Draft be a Good Thing?

Updated on April 1, 2013

If You Got Drafted into the Military

Being in the military, I've noticed that people perform tasks more efficiently when they volunteer for it vice being forced to, most probably because they go about it with a positive attitude, or because they know they are good at it. Whatever the case may be, it seems that whenever some one is forced to do something they don't want to do, feet dragging commences and inevitably results in poor performance. But these tasks are trivial and are something every service member must endure. Imagine being obligated to fulfill a role that carries a significant risk of negatively affecting your life permanently. Imagine driving home one Friday afternoon, planning to spend the weekend with your friends and family. You stop by the mailbox and open it up, inside you find a letter from Uncle Sam telling you that you are to serve no less than two years of active duty in the armed forces, and if you don't comply you can receive up to five years in jail and be fined up to $250,000.

Conscientious Objector

This is all assuming you are an able-bodied, mentally stable, 25-40 year old, not undergoing a fulltime education or prison sentence. So let's say you were a conscientious objector, someone who has a deep-seated moral or religious objection to serving in combat and/or the military in general, you would still have to fulfill your "tour of duty", which is two years of active service. Even in a country where religious tolerance is what helps make it desirable over other countries, when it comes down to it, you may have to violate your own religious convictions for something you don't believe

Objecting the Current Conflict

If someone who is in objection to the current conflict (but not a conscientious objector) gets drafted, then it's possible that that person may exhibit poor behavior and a lack of motivation, which could then hinder the accomplishment of the mission in which that individual was drafted for. I volunteered for the service, and there are more times than I can count where I felt a sense of hopelessness and despair. I've served with people who have tried to commit suicide or abused illegal drugs just to get kicked out. For people who are forced in, I can't imagine the magnitude of depression that serving in a war that they may have protested would instill inside them.

More Harm Than Good?

Not only would they be contributing to a cause they don't believe in, they are being forced to do it in lieu of pursuing their dreams and achieving their goals, which is detrimental to the human spirit and morale. Their dreams of becoming doctors and lawyers; business owners and inventors; anything they could ever hope to be would have to be put on hold, because they are forced to travel to a far away land and run the risk of being mentally and/or physically damaged, and therefore rendered incapable of becoming their idea of a hero for the rest of their lives.


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      Sanxuary 5 years ago

      I think the country would be better off with civil service. An all volunteer Military has its short comings. Its a job and no one cares if its performing hit man or just getting slaughtered in a war to open the doors to Corporate greed and new markets. People who never serve fall into apathy and complacency and have no clue what they can achieve. A National Security Force, Police Force, Military and a Emergency Response group should be created. Within those groups their are plenty of positions for Conscientious Objectors. A need for fire fighters, Medical and responders to many other emergencies. I am puzzled that we have the best Military money can buy, but nothing when a hurricane or an earth quakes strikes.

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      Doug 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Being in the military, I would object to this. Like you said, people have more motivation when they volunteer rather than voluntold.

      I think a better solution would be offer more perks and have the draft be for civil service rather than military service. So basically, you have to serve in the military, get your education and benefits. If you don't want to, you still have to serve your country in some way. Whether its working for relief agencies like fema, work on public projects, teach, or any number of careers that you would serve the public but also get a certificate or associates from doing it.