Rumblings of a Military Draft
Frequent tours for U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan have stressed the all-volunteer force and made it worth considering a return to a military draft.
I think it makes sense to certainly consider it,” said Army Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute.
“The repeated deployments affect not only the troops but their families, who can influence whether a service member decides to stay in the military.” Lute said.
“There’s both a personal dimension of this, where this kind of stress plays out across dinner tables and in living room conversations within these families,” he said. “And ultimately, the health of the all volunteer force is going to rest on those sorts of personal family decisions.”
President Nixon abolished the draft in 1973. Restoring it would be a “major policy shift” and Bush has made it clear that he doesn’t think it’s necessary.
Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., has called for reinstating the draft as a way to end the Iraq war.