On Veterans Day we should stop and consider the mistake of an all volunteer military.
And what mistake might that be? Successful campaigns in Grenada, Panama, Balkans, Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Your political views aside the military campaigns by our all volunteer military has be remarkable.
22 year retired vetern USAF
If you mean that with an army made up of doctor's sons, lawyer's sons, banker's sons, and those who don't want to go, being the make-up, then I agree!
The public pressure against unnecessary wars would be considerably different with a drafted army. Iraq, Panama, Grenada, would not have happened.
If you mean our soldiers made mustakes, then that is too braoad of a judgement. Only a few nut jobs are a provlem---most want to do well in a volunteer army.
I am speaking of personal "combat" strikes.
Nobody twisted their arms to join. Joining the military comes with the understanding that the President of the United States can call up and send our soldiers to protect our national interest and security. If you do not want to risk the possibility of being sent into a combat situation then don't enlist or accept a commission.
Any of the above engagements you referred to would have happened with or without a draft. I will not engage you in any political philosophies here in regards to should we have or shouldn't as that has no bearing on a soldiers duty once called up and deployed. What does have a bearing is the professional way our armed forces have performed in all these engagements. I don't see a "mistake" in the all volunteer military. My experience has been the US military has recruited and trained some of the best young men and women and they for the most part have performed with honor.
The few individuals you spoke of is prevalent in all areas of our society and there are mechanisms in place to weed them out and to identify them if they pass through the initial screening. The "nut jobs" as you put it are identified as soon as they break regulations and are appropriately taken care of in numerous ways from non punitive discipline, discharge or prosecution and confinement. Like any civilian organization you have the good and the bad. In the military the bad are not allowed to re-enlist.
I am not sure what you mean by "personal combat strikes" so I will leave that alone.
22 year retired veteran USAF
Like you, I am a military retiree. What I believe the original poster (SPQR) was inferring was the fact that our Nation's defense responsibility is mostly being assumed by only a certain segment of our society and many citizens will never experience that satisfaction felt or the actual comraderie found in military service. And the disciplinelearned would surely help a fair number stay out of trouble. There is no question that our Armed Forces are a quality group of folks, capable of doing whatever is asked of them. Having said that, I do believe that some sort of mandatory service would be good for the nation.
Thanks for the insight on SPQR's comment. That makes sense. I am in agreement with the mandatory service as well, but I don't ever see that happening.