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There seems to be an increasingly popular sentiment online, embodied in a post which reads, “Bring Back the Draft! Repost if you agree!”  Well, I heartily disagree.

Before we go any further, I served in the United States Army, active and reserve, enlisted and commissioned officer; for well over a decade. I’ve been a soldier; I’ve led soldiers and I’ve commanded soldiers. What follows flows from that experience.

I understand the sentiment about reinstating the draft, as wrong-headed as I find the notion. The blight in our national psyche and our sense of heritage is manifest. We see young (and not so young) people who hold their country and its heritage in contempt. We see our great institutions, including the government, infested by this blight. We see our schools and our “institutions of higher learning” churning out drones who hold nothing but disdain for the nation. That blight spreads into our workforce, our media, and our commerce. Nothing would be a faster cure for that blight than a good dose of military discipline, right?


Imagine if you will that you are building a house. You have plans drawn up. You have furniture picked out. You hand select the materials for the interior and the exterior. Then you turn your plans over to a builder and an architect of questionable competence, who build your house on a foundation of quicksand. And you spend hundreds of thousands of dollars trying to keep your mansion from sinking into the mire, all to avail. That’s what reinstating the draft means.

You cannot instill civic virtue into someone to whom it is alien, who doesn’t want it, and who resents having it thrust upon them. Like houses, soldiers (a term used generically here) are built on a solid foundation of moral conscience and civic virtue that it is far too late to install by the time they go to basic training. Taking someone who holds nothing but disdain for the nation and her heritage and demanding that they suddenly have another emotion, that they give their very lives for that nation; is a recipe for more resentment.

But let’s entertain for a moment the notion that we should reinstate the draft. Those men (and women) upon reaching the age of majority are required to not only register but serve a compulsory term of military service. That the products of an anti-American school system which peddles loathing for the United States and her founding principles may now be compulsorily recruited en masse by the Armed Forces. That’s the cure for our national illness, isn’t it? Let’s see where that takes us.

What we’ve done as a nation in reinstating the draft is made a conscious decision to spread the blight to the last institution that to date has largely resisted it: the Armed Services.

Something like 3% of the overall populace serves in the United States Armed Forces. An extremely small percentage for the size of the populace they protect. Yet the United States enjoys one of the most effective and feared military forces in the world. Technology? Perhaps. But having been there, I’d submit that the reason our armed services are so effective on the battlefield is that the people who wear our uniform volunteer to do so. They are motivated by moral conscience, civic virtue, and a sense of honor and duty that were carefully cultivated in them by caring parents and loving families. By communities, churches, and organizations that imbued in them the sense that this was a nation worth defending.

The last thing any good trooper wants in the foxhole next to him when it hits the fan is some angry kid who is nursing the conscript syndrome. They want to know that their buddies chose to be there and that their life is as important to their buddy as he is. Compulsorily drafting a bunch of selfish kids who have no sense of duty other than to themselves, and who have been taught that it’s right and it’s holy to hold that view, is the quickest way to diminish the effectiveness of our armed forces. Worse still, the price for their dereliction will be paid in the blood of that precious 3% who volunteer.

So, reinstating the draft does nothing to improve our civic discussion or our sense of heritage. What it will do is to layer on resentment for the nation that far too many people have already been indoctrinated with and reduce the lethality and effectiveness of our armed forces. It opens the door to mediocrity.

“But, but … but .” I hear you say, “What about World War II? That was a conscript military who saved the very world.” Yes, you’re right they did. There are anecdotal incidents galore of people who committed suicide because their local draft board would not allow them to fight. But I invite you to consider the communities and educational institutions of the early 20th Century through the 1940s and 1950s versus the communities and educational institutions of today. Consider the kinds of everyday citizens they produce in each case. There I believe you will find your answer.

So how do we address the blight? How do we roll it back or kill it? We continue to push to reform our schools. We counteract their Leftist message each and every night at the dinner table; as Ronald Reagan suggested. We elect officials to our school boards who share our views. We hold our colleges and universities accountable for their indoctrination by starving them of funds. Refuse to contribute to their “academic trusts” and “alumni funds.” Don’t buy their athletic tickets. And most importantly: let them know why they can no longer expect your support. To paraphrase Ronald Reagan yet again, “If you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.”

You see, WE are the designers and the architects. We have the finest raw materials and the best furniture. But we’re turning that over to incompetent builders and shady architects in the form of our education system. We can fix it, but not with a draft. That will only compound the problem and pollute a noble institution.

 RWR original article syndication source.

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I totally agree with this article having served myself. What we need as a nation is non military mandatory National Service. Get youth today involved in communities other than their own.


Hear….Hear…As a retired USAF MSgt, the draft is not necessary,not wanted, and would be very counterproductive to the best military in the world…

Jazz M

I am also a veteran. But I disagree. We need to bring back the draft. The generations of youth since we ended the draft have NO respect for anything. Serving in the military gives a person training and discipline.

Mick McCall

I too have a DD214, “Sgt Rock.” We agree a military draft is not the best solution to societal problems. Jim put forward a good idea, too. I believe we could use a draft for compulsory national civic service to include public health, park service, military, in short all national agencies who need two years of entry-level men and women but don’t need everybody who starts there to stick around for career positions. Draft boards could match draftees to positions while considering conscientious objections if any. As done during Vietnam, those who step forward and “volunteer for the draft” could… Read more »

Charles Patterson

As a former NCO in the USAF (which I still love and admire), just send losers like antifa and blm to a 12 week boot camp. If they make it thru and get their mind right, cut them loose. If they fail have them start over, and start over every time they fail. They don’t actually have to serve, just gain some civility and respect for others.


IF biden wins this nation will see our best citizens having to fire MORE endless wars. I foresee a mass exedus of our our best citizens leaving the service either by not reenlisting or retirement. Many of our best already have numerous combat tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. We must stop asking them to put their lives on the line for what will be an UNGRATEFUL nation.

Jose Barchenko

A draft is needed. It may not be a draft into the Armed Forces, but there is a dire need for something that instills discipline, inspires camaraderie, and teaches a young man or woman to stand on their own, think on their own, and that they are responsible for their actions. It would be vital that all digital and cellular devices not be accessible for the duration of this indoctrination. Too many of America’s youth are the result of helicopter-parenting, ADHD misdiagnoses, and other actions that enable kids to proudly claim ‘victim’ status. They believe what they read on Twitter,… Read more »


Yes do it. The wimpy snowflakes need toughening up, and the military is the best way to do it. The entitled generations that do nothing but set themselves up as perfect and bad mouth everyone who doesn’t go along with them need to grow up and have a hard dose of reality. No better way to do it than have a drill sergeant yelling at them and some hard discipline shaking them out of their costly little entitled cocoons.

Mr. Myxpyx

Reinstate the draft. Mark those that are liberals or socialists or traitors to the country. Send them to the frontlines. And there was great rejoicing.

First of all I want to say Thank You for your service. I agree with you 100%! We need to keep people in the service that love this country and know what the loss of Freedom is all about! Only the best!


When there was a draft we had a “Citizen Army”, today the troops are government employees. Can they be counted on to do the right thing? I doubt it.

kathy Lynne

During World War 2 we had the draft. It is certain that we would not have won the war without the draft. More soldiers were required because we were fighting enemies from both sides of the world. Fast forward to 2020. Looks like we may have to do it again. China and N Korea on one side of the world and Russia and maybe Iran on the other side of the world. When we are not at war, then I agree, we really don’t need a draft, but when things heat up, even those that don’t like this country have… Read more »


No doubt that the best person for any job is the one who puts their heart, mind and soul into it by volunteering.
Those who achieve the most are those who LOVE what they do.
Very realistic article which reminds us we cannot rest on our laurels yet.