Originally posted by maureeno
For months I have written my own US representatives requesting they offer a bill to bring back the draft.... it is one thing to talk about support for military solutions and pre-emptive strikes, it is another thing to understand those missions may be undertaken by your loved ones.
We had a lengthy and heated discussion about this on my other BB. While I support the idea of mandatory military service in theory
, I have a problem with supporting it in actuality, given that it skipped my generation and I would not be directly affected, but would now be making decisions that would affect my 3 young nephews (and possibly both my nieces as well) in the future.
Also, given the very legitimate issues people have had with both past wars (Viet Nam) and future ones (Iraq), I have a problem with forcing conscientious objectors into uniform, expatriation or jail as their only options.
One idea that came up on my other BB which I thought had merit was to require 1 - 2 years of public service
. The obligation could be met by either military service or by teaching, working in healthcare, in law enforcement, in homeless shelters, daycare, other community outreach programs (kind of like the Americorp model). That way, conscientious objectors wouldn't get to just slack off for 2 years while everybody else went off to boot camp, but they'd have an option instead of some kind of public service without having to flee the country or go to jail.
I think that idea has a lot of merit. I'll admit, though, it wouldn't do much for your goal of forcing peple to rethink their militancy by giving them more to lose. I understand your point, but since I'm already there, I can't calmly contemplate sending my nephews off to war without giving them any options.