The U.S. Military should enforce a draft
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a quote from the United states national anthem. "O'er the land of the free..." lets think about it. if the land of the free took away or even abridged the freedom to decline military enrollment it would not be so free now, would it?
"less than .5% of people in the U.S. serve in the military. That's compared to the 12% in WWII. " you have just compared a time with very little war going on to a time when the whole world was fighting. also now day's we specific non manned drones which decline the need of humans.
in 1939 when world war 2 started the us had around 130 million citizens. 12 percent of that comes out to an outstanding 15,708,000 now the usa has a population of 318.9 million and 5 percent of that is 15,945,000. their are more people joining today then in 1939.
We wouldn't be limiting freedom. Citizens would have to serve 2 years. After that, they can do any occupation they want. They would also get paid in the military, giving citizens a free job. All the citizens wold also receive all benefits that come with joining the military. Such as, GI Bill, Tuition Assistance, Service-member Opportunity Colleges, Education on Duty, etc. An occupation in the military can also build character. This will assist people who want to work in the civilian world after their military occupation.
Also, the military would always need strong manpower. Manpower is irreplaceable. Machines can malfunction. Non-manned drones can also be very costly.
As of right now, the United States has gotten involved with most foreign conflict. It would be a good idea to have a large military so we would not be weakened if any large and powerful country would to start conflict.
A very low percentage of citizens joining the military shows that citizens are ready exploit the countries benefits and advantages, but don't want to defend it. If citizens wish to get the benefits of being a citizen, they should protect the country and all it's benefits.
The size of the military, although helpful, does not play a big enough role in modern conflict. It used to matter in trench warfare because teach side used to keep throwing men at each other until one gave up. but with more modern tactics and technology has cut the number of soldiers needed to win a war.
when compared together percents mean nothing. if the same amount of men fight each year but the population grows the percent will shrink. the way you find a percent is X/Y if X goes up and y stays the same then the over all fraction will grow, but in this case Y is going up and X is staying the same the percent declines. of course because population is an irregular thing it fluctuates causing both example A and example B to occur.
you said joining the military would be " giving citizens a free job." this is incorrect. drafting would be forcing citizens into a job.
the average pay for americans is about 44,00 dollars compared to the 43,000 dollars a soldier is payed. these soldiers sacrifice their life and the us government can put a price on that? oh yah it's 43,000 dollars
In recent years, the United States has not experienced grand scale conflicts. We've had small scale conflicts, mostly in the Middle East. It's not known that if the amount of troops we're using now would be effective on a larger scale conflict.
Joining the military for 2 years would be a free job. They would get military pay for the time they wish to serve, and when their done in the military, they will receive civilian pay when they have served their time.
You have also yet to address the fact that military experience can improve people who wish to run for president. They would have a first hand experience of how the military works, which would make them a better commander in chief.
You have also not addressed the fact that the military offers many benefits. As listed before, GI Bill, Tuition Assistance, Service-member Opportunity Colleges, Education on Duty, etc.
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