End the Selective Service

So now that women are going to be “allowed” to be in combat (ignoring the fact that they have been in basically every war we’ve had in this country), a perfectly logical question to ask is, “Will they be eligible for the draft?” And, indeed, I asked and answered that very question myself recently. But now I’ve got a new conclusion, and that is this: it is time to end the Selective Service.

For those of you who don’t know, in the United State, when a male turns 18, he’s supposed to register his existence with the government so that they can, if needed, draft him into military service. This is necessary because without that the government has no way of knowing who you are and how old you are, except for things like your social security number, your taxes, your driver’s licence, your school records, any possible criminal records, naturalization papers you might have, student loan information, and your birth certificate.

Now the current version of this program has a long and storied history that dates all the way back to the days of President Carter, who reinstated it after Ford terminated it a few years earlier. Since then, it has been used exactly zero (0) times. Is it likely to be used now? Well, let’s think about that for a moment. Who in power in this country favors a draft?

Almost no one.

Who is against a draft?

Almost everyone, including the various branches of the military, who should know a thing or two about this subject.

A draft is extremely unlikely to ever happen in this country. The all-volunteer military has been a wild success and everyone involved seems very pleased with it. The military doesn’t really want to have to deal with armed people who don’t want to be there, and given the way modern wars are fought, we don’t really need more warm bodies that desperately. In the extremely unlikely scenario that we get invaded and have to fend off a shit-ton of bad guys, one could argue we’d need the draft, except that we wouldn’t, because during an invasion the military would be so overwhelmed with volunteers they likely wouldn’t know where to start.

The Selective Service may, and I stress the word may, have served a purpose at one point. Now it’s just another meaningless government entity that needs to go away.


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