Call for Draft Fails to Grasp
Nation’s History, Fiscal Reality Corrections
I agree that COL Axe’s philosophy
(“A Service Draft of All Youth Would The article “Western Massachusetts Stages Sew-a-Thon” in the September
Strengthen Nation,” The Officer, 2008 issue of The Officer incorrectly listed the website for the organiza-
June/July 2008) concerning all young tion Sew Much Comfort. The correct address is www.SewMuchComfort.org.
men and women undergoing universal “Workplace Assimilation” in the October 2008 issue of The Officer
military training is a noble idea. Unfor- gave the wrong location for the firm profiled in the story. InfoPrint Solutions
tunately, it would be impracticable in Company is headquartered in Boulder, Colo.
our current society. We regret the errors.
Our country was smaller, apprecia-
tively less populated, and mostly rural their resolve. GEN Creighton William 5. Determining assignment after
when our Founding Fathers wanted Abrams Jr. recognized that future con- training (who would serve in the
everyone to defend this government. At flicts required participation by Reserve community vs. the armed forces)
that time, the threat was mostly from Components, and this philosophy was COL Axe’s approach is a euphe-
Indians and bands of marauders. Citi- reflected in force structure actions. mism for re-instituting conscription.
zens had to defend themselves and their I disagree with COL Axe’s premise Our current volunteer force has served
property at a moment’s notice. Cur- that our current Global War on Ter- admirably, and I see no reason for
rently, our police and, on occasion, Na- rorism was initiated because civilian changing the concept. I would like to
tional Guard perform these functions. decision-makers lacked military experi- see the end-strength increased signifi-
COL Axe is correct when he states ence. It was made based upon intelli- cantly to facilitate longer rotations.
that the less affluent serve in our armed gence provided. Iraq was correctly or James T. Delisi
forces. This originated from when our incorrectly perceived to have weapons LTC, AUS (Ret.)
Founding Fathers decided that a large of mass destruction. Morg