Ever since we were little, we have always had a dream about what we want to accomplish and what we want to do in the world, when it is time for us to work. We spend all of our childhood; elementary, middle and high school life preparing for that one day when we will finally make our dream come true. Imagine, after college, you get a letter saying that you have passed the interview and have gotten accepted into the job of your dreams. And then you get another letter saying that you have been drafted by the military, meaning you have to leave all of your friends, family and your current life to go join the military whether you want to or not.
In a minute, your life has been completely turned upside down; now you have to leave your dream job for which you have worked so hard to get and spend some years in the military, wasting your talent and education. What was the purpose of studying so hard all of your life? Why are we told to dream when it might be taken away, by the government, later on in life? Couldn’t you serve your country by doing the job you were prepared to do than by doing something you don’t have a clue about?
Every human deserves a right to choose his or her future no matter what the reason may be. The military should not draft unwilling civilians to do something that they are not prepared for and do not want to do. Military drafting takes away a person’s ability and right to choose what they want to do with their life. Our country was found on human rights and the right to make our own decisions. How is it that the same country now forces its citizens to go into a war zone without their consent and says its patriotism when it’s actually barbarianism and unjust?
Even our own declaration of independence is based on human rights: “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. ” Military drafting could actually be considered a violation of the Declaration of Independence and of human rights. As it forces a human into doing something that they don’t want to do or not prepared to do so in any manner. It is not just of the government to force its problems into the hands of innocent civilians, who probably have never shot a gun, much less kill someone in a war zone.
And speaking of killing, how will any normal civilian be prepared for something as horrific as a war zone? Think of what military drafting does to a person: it puts them in a position in which they are not prepared to be in. Being in the military requires the soldier to be prepared for the hardships he or she has to endure while fighting. Only those who voluntarily join the military are prepared; they are physically fit and also have that aggressiveness and hardness that soldiers usually need, to survive a life in the military.
Colonel James Doolittle said, “there is nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer. ” What good is a half-hearted soldier if he isn’t adept, in more than one way, to actually do the jobs as a soldier? A strong military depends on the condition of the soldiers so it can be strong and functional. Having unfit soldiers might cause rifts between them and other soldiers. For example about the new soldiers’, dependability, patriotism, ability to cooperate well with the other soldiers and, etc. The main purpose of being in the military is unity.
What unity is there when soldiers don’t feel comfortable about what they are doing and not sure of themselves? Thus, shows that drafted military people are not in the physical and psychological shape to fight a war for their country. Reinstating a military draft will not only bring in more soldiers to fight in the military, it will also drag in another problem: the cost. Our nation is already in a recession that is growing and in a huge amount of debt. With an influx of more soldiers, the government is going to have to find a way to get more money to pay them. Not only that, but also for their benefits later on.
Either they are going to have to cut down the payment for each soldier, in general from the old soldiers’ salary, so that way they can pay the new ones. or they are going to have to raise the tax on everyone, who work hard to provide for themselves and their families. Not only will the military draft affect the people who are being drafted, it will also affect the entire nation as a whole on an economic scale. Not only will the salary of the soldiers be a financial problem, but also weapons, ammunition, food, training, equipment, and transportation will be increased as more people join the military.
The amount of extra money being spent on this would be unbelievable high and it is completely unnecessary. And spending extra money for military purposes, for any purpose right now, would make the national debt soar. It is very hard to give something up that you have dreamed of all your life for something that you don’t want to do; something that may completely change your life and in a negative way; something that you are doing only because you are forced to do, by your beloved country. Every human has the right to choose what he or she wants to do with his life.
Military drafting takes away our dream and replaces it with a bloody horror that most people are not prepared for. Sure people say that military drafting shows how patriotic a citizen is; but is that patriotism going to heal the hearts of the family members when his/her body turns up at their door step? People say that the military needs more people because our troops are spread out too thin; wouldn’t it be better for everyone if America didn’t nose into what every country does or says and bring in more problems?
Is that how our country thanks us for being the responsible and law-abiding citizens we are, by sending us against our will to do something that is clearly, easily avoidable? No one has the right to tell anyone what they can or cannot do. Just keep this in mind: after you finish high school and college and are ready to settle into your dream life and job, which you have always wanted since you were a child, it might just be replaced by a military horror that you were never prepared for.