Is it fair for the men and women who enlist in the military to be subjected to combat tours again and again, to be deployed abroad so often? If we had a draft today, would it have to include women? Should deferments for college or anything else be allowed? Should some other form of National Service be an option? I doubt if any of the above will happen. I was drafted and did not like the Army, but was not deployed abroad. I can't help thinking about the high rate of suicides in our armed forces, and it seems that multiple deployments to combat zones play a big part in that. Any thoughts?
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Your feelings are as mixed as my own. Thanks for answering.
Good question. We have these cycles, it seems, of wars and other military adventures and I hate to think of reservists being called up again for more deployments. I really hope the question is moot, and we can stay out of armed conflict a long time.
True. If the sons and daughters of more affluent citizens had been sent into Iraq, that war would not have lasted so long. I am not in favor of a draft, it is the lack of jobs for lower income people that feeds the military, as you say.
The unemployment is kept high so kids don't have much choice but go into the military. It's a shame that 1% are deployed over & over again. Make it like the IDF, All sexes, 2 years, get education, housing help afterwards.
Discipline might be aproblem for that kind of recrruit, but it would help them if they lived through it.
Also all the debris was shipped to China instead of shifted through for years by the FAA as in all other plane crashes.