Is the Military Draft Unethical?

574 WordsFeb 22, 20182 Pages
A nation as a whole is only as strong as its military. It has been stated that, “in order to defend themselves from external threats, nations assemble militaries that are tasked with preserving national security”(Military Draft 1). The method chosen by United States to assemble a military force has been the subject of ethical debates since the introduction of the military draft in 1861, during the Civil War. Dictionary.com defines ethical as something, “being in accordance with the rules or standards for right conduct or practice”(1). A thorough investigation finds that there are three major ethical dilemmas that are often debated pertaining to the military draft. These dilemmas include the draft’s effect on civic pride, the disproportionate number of minorities, and the strength of the military. When the draft was first introduced, the government envisioned it as a way to instill a sense of civic pride in society. However, the citizens of the United States saw it as an intrusion on their rights. Widespread public opposition concerning the military draft was seen throughout the nation ranging from draftees refusing to report for duty, to the many large well-known protests. James Robbins states, “a conscripted military would not be more just; it would simply universalize injustice by removing individual choice from the equation”(qtd. in Military Draft 6). The injustice of removing an individual’s choice is unconstitutional and is intrusive to person’s rights. This
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