January 22, 2002

Back in December, Nick Smith (R-MI) and Curt Weldon (R-PA)
introduced to the House a bill (Universal Military Training and Service Act of 2001 (HR 3598) to reinstate a form of the draft. Specifically, all males age 18-22 will be required to undergo a 6 month training program. I'll admit, I'm glad I turned 23 last year. But I also don't get the point of this? If we are going to have a return of the draft, the it should not be limited to men only. And it shoudl require some sort of service to the country, not just training. Though, in general, I think this is just a Bad Idea. Yes, Israel has mandatory military service, but I just don't see the point of it in the US, as proposed in this bill.

Posted by Andrew Raff at January 22, 2002 01:46 PM