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The nation had a draft in place between 1948 and 1973. It grew to become the centre of controversy during the Vietnam War, 1964-1975, an undeclared war that was the most unpopular conflict America has fought. Since the Vietnam War and the mandatory conscription of so many of America's young men, the idea of a military draft has been frowned upon by the majority of people. Opponents of the draft argue that there are enough volunteers who join the military to make the draft unnecessary and that forcing young men to participate in a war they might not otherwise do willingly negates basic personal freedoms. However as new wars are waged and the current War on Terrorism has stroked panic and dissent among many, the idea of reinstating the military draft has been contemplated with more serious than it has in previous years. Those who believe in reinstating the military draft and demanding forced service from America's young men will create a more reflective demographic of the economic makeup of the nation and that those who make the decisions to enter wars will think twice if they believe that there is nothing their affluence and influence can do to save their loved ones from being conscripted.
Mandating the military draft would make certain that "there would be more equitable representation of people making sacrifices," (Ron & Rangel, 2008). Many argue that the military volunteer and the current composition of the military consists of lower class and middle-lower class citizens who have lower economic opportunities for higher education, and so join the military for the benefits it offers. Indeed, "it is the lower classes of Americans who make the sacrifices for decisions make wholly by affluent, wealthy and educated politicians,"(Wagner, 2007). By reinstating the military draft, one would be able to equalize the demographic of the military to better reflect the economic makeup present in the United States.
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