Draft Won’t Solve Army’s Problems

Report forecasts a less effective—and not any fairer—force
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Jul 23, 2007 11:04 AM CDT
Airman Basic Amy Castro, from Hillsboro, Ore., demonstrates a firing position to other recruits prior to running the low crawl tactical course, part of the Air Force boot camp at Lackland Air Force Base...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Despite calls for a draft to "fix"  the ailing US Army, it would be less efficient financially and less effective on the ground than the volunteer Army, a new study concludes. A Congressional Budget Office paper, reported in Time, says draftees make for less well-trained soldiers because they stay less time in uniform; training costs spike with the more-quickly revolving door.

Further, Americans without high school diplomas make poorer soldiers, the Army says, and the percentage of them pulled in by a draft would be higher. And the notion that  racial diversity would be better served with a draft is also disputed: the Army is in fact an accurate reflection of the population ethnically, and fatalities are disproportionately white, because minorities hold fewer combat positions.