U.s. Department Of Defense

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According to the U.S. Department of Defense, the United States military is estimated to contain around 1.4 million active duty personnel. Even in times of peace, having a strong force ready to protect the U.S and its citizens makes living in the U.S better than it already is because we don’t have to worry about being bombed or invaded. But, when the United States takes on a larger operation, the military may need more help. Backup might be needed, so the military may need to call up more forces. In a major conflict, the United States may even set up the draft, requesting soldiers from the civilian population. The idea of the draft has been around since ancient times. The United States has enforced many different draft systems to fill its…show more content…
The United States maintains a volunteer national guard and a corps of volunteer reserve troops. These highly trained forces are prepared to assist the military at the president 's command. The military draft has some benefits under certain circumstances. The most obvious benefit is that a country can increase the size of its fighting force more easily than with an all volunteer force. The United States recently has been in conflict with Iraq; we recently finished the war and the troops were brought back home. Numbers really matter, and if we had more troops in Afghanistan and Iraq from the beginning, we likely would have cut the time we’ve spent in this war by half. Another benefit of the draft is that it can break down social walls. For instance, Blacks and Whites were both drafted in WWII, and this resulted in Blacks gaining a great amount of respect among the White soldiers. The military knows that shared hardship brings men closer together. This is why Basic Training is made so uncomfortable. It teaches people how to rely on each other. In the past, there were many instances in which a draft produced a very effective army. America itself has used the draft as far back as the colonial days. There was always negativity, but for the most part, the men served when asked to, and the world is a better place for it. And initially there were problems with minorities serving with Whites, but eventually the US Army became the first organization to include full
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