All the more reason why I support a return to a military draft with NO exemptions for anyone.
When people have to start sharing the risk of military service thoughts will change.
Yes, reinstate the draft.
I have to agree with you.
It is also important that every adult American gets the experience of barracks living, and having their lives controlled by the Federal government.
Then we would all understand how absurd, "I'm from the Federal government, and I'm here to help", IS.
No, no, no.
As someone who volunteered, I don't want to serve with people who don't want to be there. There are plenty of bad attitudes in the military from people who freely signed their name on the dotted line. Imagine dealing with the "Screw you Sergeant! I didn't ask to be here!" The only way to deal with these malcontents would be corporally and that would be A.) detrimental to morale and unit cohesion and B.) horribly controversial, generating enormous bad press about the military.
There are much better ways to increase enlistment and retention (pay raise, hint, hint!) than drafting people who don't want to be there and will do everything they can to get kicked out.
That being said, there are untold numbers of draftees who served in the US military with courage and honor.