Ben Kesling details the U.S. military’s profound recruiting shortfalls. “The children of military families make up the majority of new recruits in the U.S. military. That pipeline is now under threat, which is bad news for the Pentagon’s already acute recruitment problems, as well as America’s military readiness,” he writes. “‘Influencers are not telling them to go into the military,’ said Adm. Mike Mullen, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in an interview ….
I’ve often felt twinges of regret that we abolished the draft and went all-volunteer. (Whether the volunteers are truly acting without compulsion is a separate question.)
Rest assured, though, that if we must reinstate the draft, they’ll make it easier than ever for the children of Congressmen and Senators to evade it, so the unending wars can go on.
In other words, my twinges of regret aren’t a basis for any policy prescriptions.