Region 8 Students Voice Concerns Over Possible Draft

November 20, 2006 - Posted at 5:35 p.m. CST

JONESBORO, AR -- As a New York Congressman spearheads the idea of a military draft again, folks across Region 8 voice their concerns and worries over the issue.

While the war rages in Iraq, a debate rages here at home over America's future in that conflict.  One Democrat, Congressman Charles Rangel says he has an idea about  how to avoid getting involved with another situation like Iraq in the future...a draft.

"There is no question in my mind that this President and this administration would have never invaded Iraq, especially on the flimsy evidence that was presented to the Congress, if indeed we had a draft and members of Congress and the administration thoguth that their kids from their communities would be placed in harms's way.  If we are going to challenge Iran and challenge North Korea and then, as some people have asked, to send more troops to Iraq, we can't do that without a draft," said Rep. Rangel.

They are words that are ringing in communities across America as New York Representative Rangel has promised to propose legislation to reinstate the military draft early next year.

Jonesboro High School students discussed the issue Monday and what it may mean for the next generation.

"You start drafting people and sending them over there and you might have the same problems you had in Vietnam," said Danny Ewing, Government & American History teacher.

The class, U.S. Government. The topic: reinstating the military draft.  The support: almost none.

"I've never been too big of a supporter of this war in the first place, fighting for a cause I don't personally believe in is not something I really want to do," said JHS Senior Grant Parker, "So it really is scary thinking about having to go to a really unpopular war like this and having to fight."

"The draft would also probably hurt the war more than help it because you also have a lot of unwilling participants being drafted into the war and it would decrease moral of the soldiers already over there and it would decrease support for the war which is already at an all time low," said JHS Junior Marc Barrett.

"Right now I don't think anybody is really pushing for it, as long as we keep our troop levels to the point where we've got enough," said Ewing.

Polls show that about seven out of 10 Americans oppose a draft.