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stsauveurmsc2014
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Crossmsc2014
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Should Selective Service still be used today?

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Started: 11/20/2013 Category: People
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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stsauveurmsc2014

Pro

I believe that Selective Service should still be utilized. Its main purpose is to supply soldiers for the United States Military in the event of a very large war. Although the military consists mostly of volunteers nowadays, the risk of not having enough soldiers to fight a large war still exists. With the enforcement of Selective Service, this prevents that risk significantly.
Crossmsc2014

Con

I agree with the idea of the draft but selective service is a way of kicking you while you are down. Even though the draft is obviously already required by all citizens selective service forces citizens to sign there life away again even though it is already owned. If a citizen does not sign up for it then you will be arrested so the right of being an american citizen already should come with the draft without being forced to be reminded of it.
Debate Round No. 1
stsauveurmsc2014

Pro

It is understandable why many people dislike Selective Service. If one does not register, they may receive up to five years in prison, as well as a $250,000 fine. However, this disciplinary act is necessary to show the true importance of Selective Service. If there is a conflict that puts the United States in significant enough danger, Selective Service must be used in order to provide enough troops for the defense of the country, even if that puts a large amount of United States citizens at risk of death.
Crossmsc2014

Con

But why show the importance of something that is already included with your citizenship? Again it brings me to my argument of kicking you while your down. the draft is automatic but the selective service is just a fancy way of letting the public know of the military draft.
Debate Round No. 2
stsauveurmsc2014

Pro

Another thing that people forget, regarding Selective Service, is that not everyone is eligible for the service. If someone has a significant enough mental or medical condition, this could prevent that person from being able to enter the military. That person would just have to send in specific documentation to prove that they cannot serve in the military.
Crossmsc2014

Con

Yes but why use selective service for that purpose? the draft already is a way to bring people in the military why should a handicapped person have to reassure the government that their legs don't work? there is no need for it.
Debate Round No. 3
stsauveurmsc2014

Pro

I understand what you are saying; however, I do not mean that the Selective Service is a way to determine one's eligibility for the military. Further documentation of a possible disqualifying condition is very necessary in this situation, since anyone could lie in an attempt to avoid the service. These people, in the end, would face the penalties for attempting to avoid the Selective Service system. In short, my point is that only healthy civilian males will be selected for military service in the event of a big enough conflict.
Crossmsc2014

Con

But why have a process that is so complicated? This makes for a very lengthy and grueling process that could be easily avoided.
Debate Round No. 4
stsauveurmsc2014

Pro

In the end, the Selective Service should be kept. Although it may have its downsides, it is the best way to ensure that there will be enough Americans defending their home soil during the breakout of a large war. It should not be viewed as something intimidating or complicated, but rather as a guaranteed form of protection.
Crossmsc2014

Con

But why create this guaranteed form of protection if the population should already feel protected? I do not believe the Selective Service system should continue to be used in the United States.
Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by ConnollyMSC2014 3 years ago
ConnollyMSC2014
I believe that selective service should be used today. I say this because anyone who is a TRUE AMERICAN would understand that it is their duty to protect the soil from which they were safe for the years prior. Also it shows patriotism and honor to want to defend your country. It's like if your friend instigates a fight, then you are obviously going to fight for your friend even if you don't agree with his actions.
Posted by desaulniersmsc 3 years ago
desaulniersmsc
Interesting points ... look forward to the wrap up. Seems like pro-selective may have the upper hand ...
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