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Being 26 has it’s perks

I ran across this story today which points to the fact that a military draft may be necessary by the middle of next year. And that is just to sustain what we have today, not even accounting for what would happen if any sort of crisis would pop up somewhere else in the world. This is the first post-election mention of the draft that I have seen, and in my “fair and balanced” opinion, it’s not some politically motivated piece meant to try to stir up emotions. I had read previously about the large drop in military recruitments, which is to be expected in a time of war. And would the military be trying all sorts of underhanded tactics to try to keep those troops they already have from escaping their grips if there were plenty of warm bodies waiting to take their place? I don’t think so.

Regardless of your political affiliation, I’m sure we can agree on the fact that things in Iraq are not going that great. Seems that it barely is even on the news recently, being supplanted by Michael Jackson, the pope, Terry Schiavo, and anything else the networks find ratings worthy. But the fact remains that our kids are still dying, and almost no progress is being made after two years of U.S. occupation. And Congress is busy calling together special “emergency” sessions to talk about a brain-dead woman? It is time to put together a time table to get the hell out of Iraq, and let the Iraqi citizens decide how they want to live, and let our troops come home.

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3 responses to “Being 26 has it’s perks

  1. Anonymous April 6, 2005 at 4:40 pm

    my friend, the max enlistment age for the us army is 34… do you think the maximum draft age would be different?

  2. Brad April 6, 2005 at 9:39 pm

    Why yes, it is different. The draft would call, in order, men of ages 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, and then, if necessary, 18 & 19 year olds.

  3. Anonymous April 8, 2005 at 12:08 pm

    you’re presuming that our esteemed leaders would use the existing draft rules? i’d be surprised if they didn’t tweak them a bit… but maybe you are lucky and enough of congress has 25+ year old children and we know that children of the priviliged serve the least in times of war!

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