Mandatory draft won't keep hawks out of Congress

Published: Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 - 10:10 am

Re "To clean up government, bring back mandatory military service" (Viewpoints, Dana Milbank, Dec. 2): Mandatory military service would not clean up government, as Dana Milbank conjectures. Veterans can be just as corrupt and just as inclined to send troops into combat without good reason as non-veterans. Too many veterans have imbibed that heady brew of military testosterone and are happy to send another crop of innocents off to the battlefield. On the other hand, mandatory public service would be a good thing - with the option of military service for those so inclined. It could achieve some of the goals Milbank endorses, but without the militaristic indoctrination. His laudable goals that everyone be exposed to working with a wide variety of other Americans, involvement in causes greater than oneself and learning new job skills can better be achieved by non-military public service, such as the Peace Corps.

-- John C. Reiger, Sacramento

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