Got this in a comment in yesterday’s post on the 12 Captains. I don’t often hear from military personnel in favor of a Draft…okay, I practically NEVER hear from military personnel in favor of a Draft…but here is one who is and I wanted to make sure everyone saw the comment:
I’m a Marine Captain with 15 years in. For a variety of reasons, I support a draft. First, a specialized draft would get folks with special skills to where we need help. Second, a more general draft would provide troops for less technical garrison jobs. Third, although military efficiency would take a hit for sure, but the long term effect on society might be worth it.
The US military has been drifting right for a couple decades now, and although I’ve voted republican since I could vote, this worries me. We as a military are drifting apart from mainstream society, or maybe society is drifting apart from us. The military seems to becoming more “hereditary” and eventually this will have drastic consequences for our country.
A draft would be one way to bring the military back to center. With luck, it would move the country back to center too.
A Marine Captain with 15 years in thinks a “for sure” hit to military efficiency is worth it if it brings the military “back to center”. So again, this isn’t support for a Draft because it would improve the military. In fact, the supporter fully agrees that it would weaken the military.
From my comfortable seat on the sidelines, I certainly do not agree with that trade-off one bit. I wouldn’t even agree during peacetime, and it just seems crazy during a war. But this is a Marine officer who believes it, and he deserves a chance to speak his piece.