For post 9-11 veterans, the idea of a draft seems dated and weighed down with baggage from past eras. However, there are still advocates for mandatory service. Not surprisingly, only a few of them have served in uniform. T.S Allen, a former Marine lieutenant, takes aim at draft advocates who see mandatory service as a simple and all encompassing solution to future security, and even some social problems in the United States. Too much ground to cover? Escalating conflicts? Manpower issues? Draft. Lack of investment in community and sense of camaraderie between Americans? Draft. Financial woes? Draft.
Allen takes these all in turn, drawing attention to the difference between professionally trained volunteer service members compared to conscripted ones. Though those in favor of the draft are few in number, as the wars of the last decade fade from the spotlight, it is imperative that this argument remain in the foreground and not settled quietly somewhere out of sight.
The Coast Guard is officially shit outta luck for a paycheck thanks to the government shutdown, which means that zero coasties have been paid to create some of the amazing memes being shared as a way to vent their frustration.
Vice President Mike Pence repeated President Donald Trump's claim that "ISIS has been defeated" in Syria on Wednesday just hours after several U.S. service members were killed by an ISIS suicide bomber in Manbij, Syria.
Soldiers, family and community gathered in Morehead City to render honors and witness the transfer and memorial of U.S. Army Sgt James Slape Nov. 9-11, 2018. Slape will hold a temporary resting place in Morehead City before ultimately moving to Arlington Cemetery. Slape supported Operations Resolute Support and Freedom Sentinel in Afghanistan. (U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt Leticia Samuels, North Carolina National Guard)
An ISIS suicide bomber killed four Americans in Manbij, Syria, on Wednesday.