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PostSubject: Return the military draft?   Wed Dec 06, 2006 9:47 am

Recently I heard a report that stated that our current population in this country is 300 million with only 1.5 million men and women serving in the military. When you look at this comparison, the percentage is very low for a country our size.

In comparison, other countries have a mandatory term of military service for their young men. Should the United States reinstate the draft.

If you want my opinion on this, I will post it later in the day.
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PostSubject: Re: Return the military draft?   Wed Dec 06, 2006 10:05 am

Course we want your oppinion, seeing your the only one on here that has actually served our country.

Military Draft is sort of like a Credit card, when you start to run low on your funds, you have to go get your funds from another source. The purpose of the draft is to restock our countries military because we are in need of more men to help defend our country.

So the question was, should we reinstate the Draft. Personally at this point I'd say No, we need to re-evaluate our war stragties. So no I don't think we need the return the Draft.

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other countries have a mandatory term of military service for their young men.
Althought I don't think as a country we should force our people to serve, serving in the military has always been a pride thing, its a great thing to serve our country. I do think there should be a few exceptions to the mandatory term of service. I'd suggest that any child that has found himself in trouble with the law and is sent to Juvie should be required to serve for atleast 4 years in the military. If the parents or the system can't fix a problem child, then I'm sure the miltary will be able to help .

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PostSubject: Re: Return the military draft?   Wed Dec 06, 2006 10:57 am

Looking at the surface of the issue...

No, I don't think there should be a draft "now" since what we should be doing is leaving Iraq.

I've always wondered about the mandatory 4 year thing when all young men turn 18 or however they do it in other countries. From the point of view of someone that is in charge of running a product, safe, and growing country I would think that is a great idea. Even if the people never see combat at least they are trained in some basic stuff so that whenever a draft is called they have basic skill and knowledge already.
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PostSubject: Re: Return the military draft?   Wed Dec 06, 2006 11:12 am

While I'm in favor of a mandatory service for young men, I don't think I would be thrilled with the idea of myself doing it. Ya know?

I think it would help a lot with the social state of our country, as well as gun safety. And maybe it would have given all the guys who are now working at mcdonalds something else to do.

The only problem is, we can barely afford the military we have right now, what if it was 3-5 million people there? Dang, there goes the budget, we'd have to contract out our military to do mercenary work or something.
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PostSubject: Re: Return the military draft?   Wed Dec 06, 2006 11:46 am

Okay, the only problem i have with the idea of mandatory service is that not ALL men(or women) are cut out for it.

However, i kinda agree with Jig in that those that have commited offenses at a younger age would maybe benefit from some discipline, or atleast maybe the country would benefit from it.

As far as the Draft...i cringe just thinking about it. pale
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PostSubject: Re: Return the military draft?   Wed Dec 06, 2006 12:08 pm

There are people that aren't cut out to drive a car, but yet they are still allowed to. Baring a phical disability, there is no such thing as not cut out for it. Its a state of mind, they don't want to, its not that they can't.

I think what alot of people forget is that everything we do on a daily basis is thanks for our men/women that serve in the military, both past and present. If our forefathers hasn't fought for our country then we wouldn't even be here. There are way to many people that live here that just take for granted that they are protected some very bad stuff that threatens our livies on a daily basis.

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PostSubject: Re: Return the military draft?   Wed Dec 06, 2006 1:23 pm

Are ye daft man?? You have a 17 year old son..... what ARE you thinking?

OK, now that I have calmed down.... I agree with Brian, young men and women who are repeat offenders would definately benefit from the discipline of the armed forces. As for the compulsary 4 year service thing.... well I don't know. On the surface it sounds like a good thing( after all former Prez Clinton thought so too), but like Jig said it would place a huge burden on an already runaway, no end in sight military budget, and it has an aroma of socialism.....
I also agree that not everyone is cut out to serve in the military, at least not in an active duty position. I would never have been accepted, due to my "disability" and all Very Happy . But there are other areas that everyone can serve in. Hospitals, nursing homes, halfway houses, etc....

as always... my 2 cents... take it for what it's worth.....
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PostSubject: Re: Return the military draft?   Wed Dec 06, 2006 4:07 pm

I do not think that the military draft should or will be brought back in to effect. The voluntary forces that now serve in the military have done an excellent job thus far in the wars the US has been involved in. I understand that there have been nearly three thousand young men and women who have lost their lives in Iraq, but I also believe there have been many lives saved due to the technology we now have on the battlefront.

As far as having young men and/or young women serve in the military due to a run-in with the law, I do not have a problem with that either as long as they have a protracted basic training for those individuals. Basic training is organized to bring out the best in teamwork. It takes a group of individuals, throws them together for weeks at a time and then molds them into either a fighting unit or a unit that will work together under very adverse conditions. The people I saw in the military who had very rough upbringings and were delinquents in civilian life were a problem within the military as well. Proper training of these individuals to work within the military just seemed to take longer than the normal population. By just putting these people in the military for a mandatory 4 years of service would not really prove helpful to them if the individual is bent on not conforming to the military way of life. The military is very structured, very authoritative and has many rules that civilian life does not have. You either conform or you spend a whole lot of time answering for your actions. This is another reason I do not believe Christians should serve in the military, unless one serves in the medical field, because they would be placed into a position that could compromise their beliefs.

As far as funding the military, I would rather have funds going to the men and women protecting our country and providing protection for them than have the funds go to social programs that make more dependents for the government to take care of.

We have been blessed in this country to have a volunteer force serving in the military for over thirty years and being able to protect the rights we have come to enjoy and take for granted in this country. As a former member of the military, I can say that serving in the military is a thankless job and until something happens in the world, not many people pay attention to the military. During peace time, Congress wants to cut the military budgets, and during wartime their are some in Congress that want to cut and run as soon as possible. I think that during times of peace, the military should be given all the training they need to get the job done wherever in the world they are called and during times of war the country should unite to help our military members regardless of how long the job takes. Stand behind them, because they are standing on the front lines willing to take a bullet if they have to to protect their families and our freedom.
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PostSubject: Re: Return the military draft?   Wed Dec 06, 2006 4:13 pm

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Stand behind them, because they are standing on the front lines willing to take a bullet if they have to to protect their families and our freedom.

Off topic - but this is my biggest complaint with those that are against the Iraqi War/encampment/whatever you want to call it. Far too often it seems that the loudest voices against such actions are heard from those unwilling to sacrifice their lives for their country. Whether we agree with the war or not - we should still support those that are willing to risk their lives to save the lives of people at home.

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PostSubject: Re: Return the military draft?   Wed Dec 06, 2006 5:00 pm

Which is why i was always baffled by the Cindy Shehan (or whatever) lady protesting so much about the war. Her son thought enough of this country to fight and die in this war, does she think her son would be happy with her fighting against what he died for?
Just my thought on that...sorry...i know Topic
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PostSubject: Re: Return the military draft?   Mon Dec 18, 2006 7:24 pm

[b]This has to have been the biggest grouping of great ideas that I have heard in a long time like Uncle Lee said "stand behind our people" true good or bad though? if the mandatory military sentence was imposed for criminals think about what another consequence could be Incredibly well trained killers with little to no compuction to using their goverment gifted skills so it may very well make a diffrence in some lives but more then likely only for the people that only needed a boost or leg up...Should they reinstate the draft? well from my perspective(third string draft pick) No they shouldnt weill they? well from our point of view as SDA's yes they will when Revelation says the antichrist will speak with the voice of the dragon and power over others Im thinking that means that eventually this country will be Militarized,I mean they are allready disarming the population thats the first step second step is censorship and thats being pushed as far as possible this minute all around us so dear family mayhap lets start jogging and exceriseing now because when they turn the underprivledged soldiers loose on us I for one want to give them a good run while my Peeps go the other way(Anyone else see 'Red Dawn'?)...Later all
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PostSubject: Re: Return the military draft?   Tue Dec 19, 2006 9:08 pm

i'm thinking....
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