Doug Bedell — January 17, 2020, 1:28 pm

Not Much Chance of a Draft Again – Ever


Wes O’Donnell on the In Homeland Security blog ponders the chances of a military draft being reinstated someday and considers them virtually non-existent.

“WW3Draft” became a top social media trending item after President Trump directed the killing of Qasem Solemani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force. And the website of the Selective Service System crashed for a while.

The Selective Service System still maintains a list of eligible American men ages 18 to 25 who would be called upon if Congress re-instituted the draft, and the President approved it. “Dating back to the Civil War,” though, “the draft is an archaic and last resort option that will likely never be used again short of total global war. The world’s increasing propensity for smaller, more frequent regional conflicts all but ensures that military conscription, at least in the United States, is resigned to the dust bin of history.

“As for today’s 18- to 25-year olds worried about being drafted and sent to Iran or Iraq, you can probably rest easy. After all, if you get drafted, who would create all the memes? Twitter would turn into a pretty empty place.

“Your country needs you at home, behind the keyboard. It’s the patriotic thing to do,” O’Donnell concludes.

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