Monday, December 04, 2006


Fear of death or injury should not be a reason to avoid military service. Each year 6,000 teenagers die in motor vehicle crashes and another 300,000 are injured according to Allstate.

These statistics in no way steer teenagers away from getting drivers' licenses or cause parents not to provide a car to their son or daughter.

A new miltary draft should begin with the below conceptual guidelines:

Volunteers would be limited to one-half military personnel needs.
This applies to all branches of the military: Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy, and Coast Guard.

The remaining one-half of the military personnel needs would be drafted and selected to balance gender, race, ethnicity, demographic and education.

There would be no deferments for professional, marital status or religious beliefs.

Physical requirements would be eased but draftees and volunteers would meet minimum physical and aptitude requirements.

Special Operations Forces would continue to require rigorous physical and mental standards.

There would be no bonus pay for volunteers or draftees to enter service.

Children of veterans would not be allowed to serve in the military (participation in the military must skip a generation) This requirement is intended to spread military duty across the spectrum of United States families.

Return here on Wednesday, December 6 for more on this plan.

Have a good day!



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