A National Draft in the Future?

Howard Dean | Hidden Agenda: A National Draft in the Future?:

“A key issue for young Americans and their families to consider as they prepare to cast their votes in the upcoming presidential election is the real likelihood of a military draft being reinstated if President Bush is re-elected. President Bush should tell us now whether he supports a military draft.

Here is the evidence that makes a draft likely:

  • The U.S. Army has acknowledged that they are stretched thin and that finding new recruits is challenging. They recently placed 300 new recruiters in the field. Bonuses for new recruits to the Army have risen by 67 percent to a maximum of $10,000 and $15,000 for hard-to-fill specialties.
  • The extended tours of duty have made service less attractive for both the regular armed forces, and particularly for the National Guard and Reserves. To meet this year’s quota for enlistees, the Army has sped up the induction of ‘delayed entry’ recruits, meaning they are already borrowing from next year’s quotas in order to meet this year’s numbers.
  • Reservists are now being called away for longer periods. In 2003, President Bush dramatically extended the length of time for the Guard and Reserves deployment in Iraq. Extended tours of up to a year have become common.”

The list continues, go read.

The draft is coming. Under 30? Should’a voted. And you had better vote THIS TIME.