Rangel has been suggesting that for a number of years. He looks upon the draft as a means to break down barriers between economic classes within the US. I've read a couple of rather interesting articles on the idea.
Generally, the current all-volunteer armed forces hate the concept as they believe conscripts aren't worth the money it takes to train them.
Its one of the Democrats' favorite strawman arguments to set up. Its easy enough to get people disappointed about the war effort not going as smoothly as hoped, but nothing will get people as frothing mad at Bushitler as suggesting the use of draftees in Iraq.
He looks upon the draft as a means to break down barriers between economic classes within the US.
That's an interesting theory, but I think the draft would cause huge morale problems. The DERO program in Vietnam was a huge contributing factor to the isolation and lack of cohesion among soldiers, which in turn fostered the highest rates of PTSD ever seen among veterans.
Research seems to indicate that most active duty military personnel in the US are white, middle class, rural or suburban males - the so called 'poor' are as under-represented as the 'wealthy'.
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