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May 05, 2004

Draft? No way

Talk of a draft keeps coming up but it's all nonsense. A return to national conscription is coming from those opposed to the war and despite their legitimate criticism of the war in Iraq, the draft response is not a serious debate.

The Army is the only service that was dependent on the draft. It's probable the other services would not require or desire draftees and since the volunteer Army and Reserves were instituted in the 1970s, the Army has no interest or need, either.

Draft women, draft gays and lesbians? College deferments? Employment deferments? Should the Reserves and Guard be a deferment to longer active service? Answering any of those questions directly, and the result is that there won't be a draft unless a major national emergency occurs.

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Posted by Jim Vesely at May 5, 2004 10:28 AM



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