Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Why We Still Need the Draft

From the article: 
But this outlook is deeply unhealthy for the nation. It is morally wrong to shift the nation's only exposure to large-scale mortal risk in defending our society onto only a handful of fellow citizens. That responsibility belongs to all of us. It is a fundamental tenet of the American experiment in democracy that all citizens share the burdens of defending the nation in times of crisis. We let that long-held touchstone of American citizenship disappear at great risk. Once gone, the will and ability to mobilize the larger nation to fight — even when necessary — would be immensely hard to resurrect, both practically and philosophically.

http://warontherocks.com/2016/02/why-we-still-need-the-draft/

This article raises some very interesting points about the growing divide between the Nation and its Military and how Selective Service plays a part in that.  I think SS plays a part in this but the problem seems more root to me.  It's about what it says in the paragraph above.  "That responsibility belongs to all of us. It is a fundamental tenet of the American experiment in democracy that all citizens share the burdens of defending the nation in times of crisis."  How and where do we teach this?  How do we instill in our citizens the desire to make this choice?