Thursday, November 30, 2006

The Draft

Here's my 2 cents for what it is worth... the Draft is NOT a good idea.

I know why some numbnuts want to institute the Draft. They think that we would have a better cross section of society. The idea is that the military is filled with people who have no other choices and are forced to join the service or die. Either that or they are so pathetically stupid to know better. A Draft would ensure we have a military that is represented by all sectors of the popluace, rich, poor, smart, etc.

I have had my FILL of degrading comments about the military.

I do not think the Draft is a good idea. A draft works when everyone feels compelled to serve. Someone who is conscripted or forced into defending our nation is a far cry from the person with strong personal courage who wants to support and defend our nation.

As to comments made by our esteemed representatives concerning people who soldier because they have no other career options; I'd like to point out several people I know personally who chose to soldier over very lucrative career choices.

1. My brother-in-law. Graduated from Emory Medical school and served 3 years in the Navy. He loved it and would have continued but his wife asked him to become a civilian.

2. My father. Actually my step-father. He knew since he was in middle school he wanted to go to West Point and be a career Army officer. So he got a newspaper route and saved his money and put himself through a private high school. He knew that to get accepted to West Point, he needed an education that stood out from the crowd. He attended the only private high school on his island and got accepted to West Point. He served 26 years and retired as a full Colonel. He did not want to retire but my mom said "enough already". He is a financial wizard and could have made more money as a CPA, but devoted his life to the Army.

3. One of my first sweethearts. Pete was an Air Force brat. He played football in high school and college. He graduated and became a psychologist. He was very successful but felt something was lacking. He went on to become an officer in the Air Force.

4. One of my first commanders. He served in the Navy for one enlistment. He got out and became a California Highway Patrol or Chip. He served there for 6 years and missed serving his country. He went back and became an officer. He was a great leader.

I could go on and on. So many people who want nothing more than to give back. What a shame that there are so many narrow minded politicians that want nothing more than to take, they can't imagine anyone wanting anything else.


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