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    McChrystal: Time to bring back the draft | The Cable

    McChrystal: Time to bring back the draft
    Posted By Josh Rogin Tuesday, July 3, 2012 - 3:08 PM Share

    Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the former top commander of international forces in Afghanistan, said this week that the United States should bring back the draft if it ever goes to war again.

    "I think we ought to have a draft. I think if a nation goes to war, it shouldn't be solely be represented by a professional force, because it gets to be unrepresentative of the population," McChrystal said at a late-night event June 29 at the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival. "I think if a nation goes to war, every town, every city needs to be at risk. You make that decision and everybody has skin in the game."

    He argued that the burdens of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan haven't been properly shared across the U.S. population, and emphasized that the U.S. military could train draftees so that there wouldn't be a loss of effectiveness in the war effort.

    "I've enjoyed the benefits of a professional service, but I think we'd be better if we actually went to a draft these days," he said. "There would some loss of professionalism, but for the nation it would be a better course."

    The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq placed unfair and extreme burdens on the professional military, especially reservists, and their families, McChrystal said.

    "We've never done that in the United State before; we've never fought an extended war with an all- volunteer military. So what it means is you've got a very small population that you're going to and you're going to it over and over again," he said. "Because it's less than one percent of the population... people are very supportive but they don't have the same connection to it."

    Reservists following multiple deployments have trouble maintaining careers and families and have a "frighteningly high" rate of suicide, he said.

    "The reserve structure is designed for major war, you fight and then you stop, but what we've done instead is gone back over and over to the same people," he said. "We're going to have to relook the whole model because I don't think we can do this again."

    McChrystal was speaking at a panel focused on how to manage marriage in the military. He was joined by Annie, his wife of 35 years, and the discussion was moderated by CNN's Suzanne Malveaux.

    Multiple deployments often result in divorces and split families, he said.

    "The marriages I see most strained are the senior NCOs and officers who have four or five tours... you're apart so much that it's hard to have a marriage if you're not together at least a critical mass of time, and that's tough," McChrystal said.

    Malveaux asked McChrystal how he has managed to get through 35 years of marriage.

    "One day at a time," he responded.
    Interesting article ... I see where he's coming from. And I think if there were a draft, maybe there would be more public pressure against these decades long wars against an idea.

    At the same time I think there are a LOT of benefits to having an all-volunteer force. I definitely agree that changes should be made (regarding why we get ourselves into these wars in the first place, and how troops are treated by the govt etc.) but personally I don't think a draft is going to fix them.
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    Only bring back the draft if women can be drafted as well. Otherwise the male disposability can stay locked away please kthx.
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    I see where he's coming from, but historically, drafts have been a major headache and they haven't created a war force with "equal representation" like he wants. It's usually the poor and minorities who can't afford college or objector status that are drafted. It also sparks public outcry for unpopular wars. We already compare Iraq to Vietnam. The last thing we'd need is a draft. People would riot.

    There were SIT INS on battlefields in Vietnam. People sabotaged ships. No thank you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WarSnoopy View Post
    Only bring back the draft if women can be drafted as well. Otherwise the male disposability can stay locked away please kthx.
    Good point, I wonder what his feelings would be on that ...

    I think the possibility of women being drafted into combat would be yet another thing to make people think twice about getting involved in another war.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WarSnoopy View Post
    Only bring back the draft if women can be drafted as well. Otherwise the male disposability can stay locked away please kthx.
    You'd be asking for trouble. As a nation were barely comfortable with volunteer women in the military, let alone if the nation felt we were "stealing their daughters."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tojai View Post
    Good point, I wonder what his feelings would be on that ...

    I think the possibility of women being drafted into combat would be yet another thing to make people think twice about getting involved in another war.
    I don't think there's much that'll make the rich who profit so greatly off of war think twice about it. Obamas daughters and the CEO of Haliburtons family will never see combat, at least not forcibly. Apparently the will of the people doesn't mean much, with approval polls for the war looking the way they did and the number of citizens who were avidly against the occupation.
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    No, no, no. Just, NO. Who cares if the military is representative of the population? Not everyone wants to go to war, not every one supports that decision. We should have the freedom to make our own choices.


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