A Public Service Message From the Class of ’67 – The New York Times

“The notion of national service as an enforced social equalizer was the most frequently cited argument for restoring a draft — this time around for both men and women and with different options — and it seems especially compelling when American society is so terribly divided and the gap between rich and poor is so gaping. In countries like Israel, which maintains conscription of men and women, service is perceived not only as national defense but also as a civic education in the universal obligation to safeguard the values of a democratic state. In addition, there was the argument that leaving the dirty work of war to a professional army largely drawn from the least privileged is inherently unfair in a democracy and increases the temptation for the government to use the military unwisely.

“If we still had the draft, I doubt that we would still be fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan,” one classmate wrote.”