The Purpose of the Draft is Not a Strong Military

by | Sep 12, 2002

Senior military officers are opposing bringing back the military draft. They point out that today’s military is so high-tech and complex that an all-volunteer, trained force is superior. For years, in fact, many military leaders have observed that motivated recruits are better than what amounts to slave labor. This won’t be enough to convince fervent […]

Senior military officers are opposing bringing back the military draft. They point out that today’s military is so high-tech and complex that an all-volunteer, trained force is superior. For years, in fact, many military leaders have observed that motivated recruits are better than what amounts to slave labor.

This won’t be enough to convince fervent advocates of the draft. It’s not really a strong military that such people want. Many of them (at least on the liberal side) are opposed to a strong military, in fact. What they really seek is “national service,” and though they don’t like the military they’ll take it any way they can get it. They can’t tolerate the idea of “too much” freedom, and they love to exploit our current military crisis by using it as an opportunity to turn young people into slaves.

Hopefully, Americans are by-and-large still healthy enough that they won’t fall for it. A people who no longer want freedom don’t deserve it.

Dr. Michael Hurd is a psychotherapist, columnist and author of "Bad Therapy, Good Therapy (And How to Tell the Difference)" and "Grow Up America!" Visit his website at: www.DrHurd.com.

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