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Response to bemildred (Reply #8)

Mon Dec 2, 2013, 10:17 AM

9. We don't need draftees and we'll never go that way again.

That is probably the one thing that every senior military leader agrees upon, and has agreed upon since Saint Ronnie of Raygun left office. I promise you, if you see a draft happening ever again, kiss your butt goodbye, because it will be WW3 and not a good thing at all--everyone to the ramparts, the end is nigh.

The reason we now have--as of 2012-- a reservist general (Chief of the National Guard) serving on the JCS is because the reserves -- who do their little weekend warrior/2 weeks a year stuff--are getting more training and more funding to make their training more "real world." They're no longer neglected step-children training with embarrassingly out of date equipment for the "last" war.

I agree that contractors are out of control; a new paradigm is needed, perhaps one that incorporates civilian (or even retired) assets but is run out of reserve shops. This would probably cost more over time, if we're to be decent and not leave injured contractors to fend for themselves. There needs to be more oversight of the overseers, and that just isn't happening with the current system. They'll have time to think about this stuff in the outyears--it's a good topic for a graduate thesis at the war colleges.

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