Revisiting the Draft

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No American has been drafted since 1973, but there is still a Selective Service, which says it-s ready if Congress and the President issue the call. As the occupation in Iraq increases demand for more soldiers, the number of re-enlistments is on the decline. The Reserves and the National Guard have already been called on, and the one-year tours of 20,000 regular soldiers have been extended. One Republican Senator says next year will -make or break- America-s volunteer military and two Democrats have proposed re-instituting the draft. In this archived edition of To the Point, Warren Olney examines the pros and cons of re-instituting the draft with a former commander of the Army War College, a Selective Service spokesman, a military correspondent, a student-activist and a domestic policy advisor to President Clinton. (This segment was originally broadcast on April 20.)
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In Flanders Field

Arlington National Cemetery

Selective Service System

Congressman Rangel's bill to restore the draft (HR 136, 2003)

Senator Hollings' bill to restore the draft (S 89, 2003)

American Academy of Arts and Sciences

European Union

2004 Athens Olympics



Warren Olney