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Draft

Good points about the effectiveness of the all volunteer force on the substitution of technology for people, but perhaps add that:

Over a million young men turn 18 every year, the Army is never more than a few thousand short in even the most dire recruiting year. We certainly don’t need a draft for that. And, btw, the draft legislation recently defeated in the House was sponsored by a Democrat.

In any case, the issue that needed to be addressed (as Kerry picked up on), is not a fictitious draft, but the fatigue in the Guard and the Reserve.

John Hillen, a former assistant secretary of state, is the James C. Wheat Professor in Leadership at Hampden-Sydney College’s Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest, and a member of the NR, Inc. Board of Directors.

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