Reinstating Compulsory Conscription
Freedom is not free. Freedom comes at tremendous cost, sometimes even including the loss of life. However, there is an extremely large amount of individuals who provide no compensation to a country that has given them everything. Think about this: what have you done with your life? Graduated high school? Gone to college? Have you ever thought about how your actions will have an impact on the country? For many people, they will think of nothing. They have done little, if anything, to help America in a positive manner. They have gained the numerous benefits of the country without giving anything in return. Although there are many who have given little, there are also many who have given everything. Why, then, should it be considered fair that a small number of individuals should fight for the safety of an entire population? In fact, everyone should be required to spend some part of their life for a nation that allows them to live a happy life. Military service with a civil service alternative should be required for all United States citizens at the age of eighteen.
Although there is no military requirement at the moment, American citizens must still sign up for what is known as the selective service. The selective service, also known as the draft, is essentially a lottery that selects individuals in times of emergency to serve in the armed forces. Every U.S. male, at the age of eighteen, must sign up for the selective service program through the internet or some other source. Females are not required to sign up due to the restrictions placed upon females in the United States military concerning combat positions. If an eighteen-year-old male does not sign up for the selective service program, there is a tremendous penalty, including a $250,000 fine and up to five years in prison.
Congress can only institute the draft during times of extreme emergency. Usually, the draft is put into place when “a crisis occurs which requires...