Military Drafts Essay

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The reinstatement of a military draft is a controversial issue that has surfaced in American society. Although a draft would challenge the liberties granted to us in the Constitution and be detrimental to our society, some people believe that a draft would be insignificant to all the benefits we receive as American citizens, and that the draft can be utilized as an effective tool.

People that argue that the draft needs to be reestablished have a strong base for their commanding arguments. Some believe that serving in the military is a civil duty, and to live in this country one must defend it. That patriotism is illustrated in this quote by George Washington, "It must be laid down as a primary position and the basis of our (democratic) system, that every citizen who enjoys the protection of a free Government owes not only a proportion of his property, but even his personal service to the defence of it" (Gill). Although not completely relevant to events of today it still emphasizes the fact that we as Americans need to serve our country if we expect the government to serve us. As we, the United States, are at war, people believe that a draft is needed because our "Army is stretched so thin" (Means). An influx of new troops could possibly invigorate the war effort and allow us to pull our young men and women out of Iraq. To go hand in hand with the war in Iraq some seem to think that a draft would open our eyes. A quote in the Boston Globe reads, "Reinstate the military draft and see how quickly the United States ends its war in Iraq" (Vennochi). This again ties to a general concern of the well being of our men and women in arms.

These claims are both logical and understandable. The defense of our country and the protection of those who have taken that responsibility upon themselves is a concern for both sides of this controversy. The welfare and security of the US is a number one priority for both sides, and each has different views on how to achieve that.

A military draft is morally wrong and it also conflicts with the basic principle that has developed the government of our nation, freedom. Would we have fought so zealously for liberty only to be placed under the tyrannical chains of our own government? The draft sends young men, the same young men that we're trying to protect, to the front lines without their consent. If one is forced to do something that they haven't committed to in their own heart and mind then they don't execute their jobs effectively. Would it help to have half-hearted soldiers manning the front line? Would it get us out of the war quicker? This has been witnessed in history in our very own American Revolution as British denizens weren't whole-heartedly for the war and we rose out of the darkness of tyranny triumphant. Another remonstration is the copious amount of people who would be angered at the draft. Would it be wise to create a solution for a problem that would in turn create discrepancies of its own?...

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