Gwendolyn R. Besonen
Mind and Machine PHI 200
10 March 2011
Reinstating the military draft is a very controversial subject. There are many good things about having a draft, but on the other hand there are several bad things as well. In this paper I will dispute this subject.
The cons of a military draft are very substantial. Here are the reasons why we should not start a military draft: violating freedom, encouraging unpopular wars, wasteful avoidance behavior, forced soldiers fight poorly, and conscription is not equal. The definition of conscription is, “the compulsory enrollment of persons for military or naval service draft” (Dictionary.com, 2011). So basically, conscription is another word for a military draft. I will go into further detail on each debatable topic one by one.
Violating freedom is a very sensitive subject. People have fought for so many years and so hard to achieve this right that it would be disastrous if anyone tried to take this away. Several people feel that if we started a draft that would violate this golden rule. Being forced into the military violates personal freedom. Some components of conscription say that people living in a society owe their society his liberty. So people against a military draft argue that sending people off to the draft would be violating the simple right of freedom.
The second reason against a military draft is that it would encourage unpopular wars. People against the military draft say that it would encourage unpopular wars. We could not afford this because we are already in a war as it is and we are having great troubles. If we have more people in the fight this would increase our likeliness of getting into more wars because the abundance of bodies. This would also create carelessness in wars. Since there would be several people to fight, the leaders might think that it’s easier to win with more bodies and not worry about being tactical during a war.