The current model of staffing our military using an all-volunteer force is unfair, inefficient, and unsustainable.
The system is fundamentally unfair because it relies disproportionately on lower-income Americans, forcing them to shoulder the burdens of risk and sacrifice. Those are the people most often attracted by the economic incentives the military offers to encourage people to enlist.
Relying exclusively on volunteers essentially provides exemption from military service for Americans who have more money—and therefore more options.
An all-volunteer military is also inefficient because it can’t expand and contract quickly to meet the changing requirements in the nation’s defense. A draft would allow the military to quickly pull in additional troops without the cumbersome and uncertain process of recruitment. In the past 15 years, as the U.S. has simultaneously fought wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the military has been forced to deploy the same troops repeatedly. This additional stress has resulted in tens of thousands of service members suffering from PTSD,* alcohol and drug abuse, and higher rates of divorce and suicide.