Since the election, the US news media have been running a lot of items implying, with varying degrees of intensity, that a renewed draft would be a good thing. This piece is representative: "The Case for the Draft: America can remain the world's superpower. Or it can maintain its current all-volunteer military. It can't do both" by Phillip Carter and Paul Glastris. http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2005/0503.carter.html The authors propose that no college or university should accept a student who has not completed twelve months of national service, either in the military or civilian government programs. They refer to their proposal as the "twenty-first century draft." "A 21st-century draft like this would create a cascading series of benefits for society. It would instill a new ethic of service in that sector of society, the college-bound, most likely to reap the fruits of American prosperity. It would mobilize an army of young people for vital domestic missions, such as helping a growing population of seniors who want to avoid nursing homes but need help with simple daily tasks like grocery shopping. It would give more of America's elite an experience of the military. Above all, it would provide the all-important surge capacity now missing from our force structure, insuring that the military would never again lack for manpower. And it would do all this without requiring any American to carry a gun who did not choose to do so."