Ex US Commander, McChrystal Calls for Reviving The DraftSubmitted by emalvini on Thu, 07/12/2012 - 01:52
WASHINGTON — The former US commander in Afghanistan, Stanley McChrystal, has urged that the draft be reinstated to spread the burden of fighting and to instill a sense of shared civic duty among young Americans.
The country’s all-volunteer force has performed with great skill but after more than a decade of war “we’re running very, very hard and at a certain point you can’t expect it to go forever,” McChrystal said at a conference last month.
Apart from the strain on troops and their families after repeated deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, only a small fraction of the population was affected by the conflicts, the general said.
“It’s less than one percent of Americans touched by this,” he said at the event organized by the Aspen Institute.
Other senior military leaders have voiced concern about a growing gap between the all-volunteer force and the rest of society.