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49% of Americans Now Favor Mandatory Military Service for US Youth

Anti-Media – by Carey Wedler

Nearly half of Americans favor mandatory military service for the country’s youth, according to a recent poll from Gallup.

The polling organization surveyed 1,006 Americans over the age of 18 between November 3 and November 4, and 49% of those questioned expressed support for compulsory service. Further, “a majority of Republicans, including independents who lean Republican, favor it (57%), as do men (57%) and those 65 or older (66%),” Gallup summarized.  

Gallup noted that efforts to actually impose such a policy — such House Rep. Charles Rangel’s repeated attempts between 2003 and 2015 to mandate it through legislation —have fallen flat.

Americans’ preferences for a traditional draft have fluctuated over the decades. Gallup explained:

A majority of Americans (54%) in 1977 favored sticking to a volunteer force, but two 1980 surveys showed a majority wanting to return to a military draft. Eventually, most Americans endorsed the all-volunteer concept, with five polls conducted between 1998 and 2007 showing majorities from 69% to 85% rejecting a return to the draft.”

The draft was a powerful point of contention during the divisive Vietnam War, prompting many of those selected to fight to burn their draft cards in protest.

In Gallup’s poll idea of forcing young people to serve a mandatory year in the armed forces — as opposed to a draft — was unsurprisingly least popular among young people. Four in ten favored the proposition, however, marking a significant portion of those who would potentially be affected but still wanted to see it enacted.

While Americans today are not overwhelmingly in favor of it, neither are they overwhelmingly opposed,” Gallup observed.

Militarism has long been a core element of American identity, as evidenced by millions of Americans’ stalwart devotion to and respect for soldiers. Though it currently remains unlikely that mandatory service will be implemented, that half the country would support it reflects this value system.

Countries that require mandatory service include Israel, North Korea, China, Russia, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, Egypt, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.

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7 Responses to 49% of Americans Now Favor Mandatory Military Service for US Youth

  1. Samuel says:

    F@@k that..the number is made up. We are not surfs. We are not conscripts, we are not slaves. F##k the military and the gubbermint. You want war? You’ll get one right here.

  2. Ex-Moron says:

    Suggestion: dont believe what you are told are survey/poll results. They could be what TPTB want you to believe. They work like hypnosis, as they are often believed automatically by the subconscious mind.

    Of course, the public never gets false information………….

  3. Joestp says:

    Not 49%, more like 49 ass hats!

  4. Cynicles says:

    US military was created for the defense of the US, that was mandatory. Now they are the strong arm branch of the Bankster cartel. No other reason to be in perpetual war all over the globe. Constitutional Republic my arse; much close to plutocratic imperialism.

  5. DL. says:

    Folk it will take a very very serious and devastating war within the US started by an outside or non-American force similar to what happened to Europe in the world wars (after Napoleonic, 30 Years, etc wars) to get even half this so-called 49 percent to stop worshiping war. I know polls are rigged, but the FACT is that many if not most Americans are pro-war. Why? Because we are only tangentially affected by war (when we lose sons or daughters that is, or husbands or wives). When America suffers the consequences of US Imperialism (because the elites never will) is when Americans will no longer support war (oh yeah, and when so many Americans do not work in the military or munitions-related military-industrial complex jobs as well). “Thank you for your service,” indeed.

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