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America’s All-Volunteer Force: The Right Choice, Despite Stress of Two Wars (Part 3 of 3)

The following is the final portion of a three-part series on the All-Volunteer US military. Please read Parts One and Two. The Constitution and the Draft:  A Brief History America’s attitudes towards standing armies, reserve and militia forces, and the … Continue reading

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America’s All-Volunteer Force: The Right Choice, Despite Stress of Two Wars (Part 2 of 3)

Advocates for the draft can, rightly, point to democratic nations which implement the draft. A RAND Corporation found that most European nations still practiced some form of conscription in the year 2000. However, we will limit ourselves to a handful of examples for the purposes of this monograph, primarily Denmark, Switzerland, and Israel. Each of these three nations has its own form of conscription, and are the product of unique geo-political phenomena, and have social issues which often differ vastly from those in the United States. These should be examined when arguing for or against the draft. Continue reading

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America’s All-Volunteer Force: The Right Choice, Despite Stress of Two Wars (Part 1 of 3)

In America, proponents of the draft point to the conscript force America fielded during the 1950s and 60s, as well as the policies of democratic nations such as Switzerland, Israel, Denmark. Yet, for America, the draft is completely unfeasible for both the military and the nation it serves. Successful drafts, such as that in Switzerland, or as seen in the US during the Second World War and the early Cold War period, are the product of of distinct social, political, and strategic phenomena which do not exist in America today. Continue reading

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