Back To The Military Draft?
February 19, 1999
- Among the 10 million U.S. males ages 17 to 21 years, 41 percent are academically disqualified because they lack a high school diploma or have low test scores.
- Another 23 percent are medically or morally disqualified, and another 15 percent are in college.
- Some 5 percent are already in the services or already out, with an additional 2 percent in prison or jail.
- That leaves 14 percent -- or 1.4 million -- who would be available to serve, if they chose.
Experts say that the prospect of being sent to such places as Bosnia or Kosovo -- to serve in conflicts which hold little interest for them -- has dimmed the appeal of a military career for a number of young people. "I have yet to run into anybody who joined because they wanted to be a peacekeeper," comments one Army veteran. Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, believes young men are turned off by the military's political correctness and a more feminine image which has emerged since women have been encouraged into the services. Senior military officials don't like the idea of reinstituting the draft -- fearing that it would result in a reduction in personnel quality.
Source: Brian Mitchell, "Is the Draft in Your Future?" Investor's Business Daily, February 19, 1999.
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