The Advantages of Conscription

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It has long been a controversial topic of debate in the United States, whether or not our young men and women should be required to serve in the armed forces. There is proof that compulsory military service would be in our nations best interest. It has historically shown to improve military preparedness, and also has evenly balanced the burden of military service. It also helps to instill a sense of duty into those who serve. From an economic standpoint, there are numerous arguments to be made in support of conscription, including government savings. Numerous scholars write in favor of the subject as well. The government has been debating this topic since the draft system was removed from our country, and many reports written also…show more content…
If however, a draft was imposed, with these deferments eliminated, then the burden of military service would fall less on the minorities and the impoverished, but rather on all men of military age.
Professor Charles Moskos, a former draftee, and currently a professor at Northwestern University makes several good arguments in support of the draft. He points out the large number of volunteers who fail to fulfill their initial enlistments: “A reality often overlooked in the all-volunteer force is that one-third of entering members fail to complete their initial enlistments. Contrast this with the one in 10 draftees who did not complete their two-year obligation. It’s much better to have a soldier serve a short term honorably than be discharged prematurely for cause”.
He raises an excellent point when he says that it would be detrimental to allow our troops to be dishonorably discharged. Another excellent point brought up by Professor Moskos. He argues that because for some jobs it takes a higher level of technical skill, that cant possibly be met by short term service, higher compensation should be offered to those who serve longer. “ Higher compensation should be aimed at those whose skills require extended training and job experience. A two-track pay system could be devised to give long-term enlistees higher compensation than their drafted counterparts (many of whom, however, may have
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