Originally posted by applenut
I don't understand the fear of a draft. It is not bodies that the military is in need of. There is no shortage, nor will there be. Even at the current casualty rate, it is no where near severe enough to even consider a draft as a possibility.
I don't know about that.
I think I'm justifiably worried about getting drafted, for several reasons. The first is that no one can categorically rule out a draft, especially when our military is heavily engaged in a conflict right now. There was a story
at DailyKos the other day about a former soldier who received an honorable discharge 13 years ago. The military called him back. That's one example of the "backdoor draft" already going on because our forces *are* stretched thin at the moment. What if another conflict breaks out? You can assure a draft will happen then.
The second and third reasons apply specifically to me. I'll be of-draft-age during the next 5 years (the time when our military will be bogged down in a major conflict. (The selective service snatches 20 year olds first, then 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 19, and 18 year olds). Finally, there are no more education exemptions, which in the past would cover all seven years of my draft eligibility from college to law school.
It's a concern.