A Universal Draft?

July 21, 2021

Democrats in the US Senate are mulling new laws to require women to register for the military draft. For Brad Allenby and Mark Hagerott, this would be at least a start. In Issues, they call for resuming universal conscription so that everyone of a certain age could potentially be called to serve. Broader social participation in the military, they write, could force government to think more carefully before deploying forces. Plus, they argue that with the military’s accelerating use of technology, “conscription will be required to bring into the military a broader array of necessary skills.”

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