No Time for the Draft

Kelly Jr., J. F.
May 2003
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;May2003, Vol. 129 Issue 5, p192
Conference Proceeding
The article comments on the proposal by Representative Charles Rangel to point out that the all-volunteer military services have disproportionately high percentages of minorities relative to their percentages of the nation's population. With a long and difficult struggle facing us in the war on terrorism and the military services stretched thin, it was inevitable that talk of bringing back the draft would surface. Rangel is not acting primarily out of concern for the manpower needs of the armed forces, where numbers are approaching historical lows. To his considerable credit, Rangel points out that, although the U.S. Congress has the power to declare war and send the young men and women of the armed forces off to combat, relatively few members of Congress have had military service of any kind, let alone combat experience.


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