No Deferral Necessary
Four and a half years into the Iraq war, there's no groundswell to move away from an all-volunteer fighting force. In a Gallup poll out today, only 18 percent said the United States should return to the military draft.
Late last year, Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) advocated restoring compulsory military service, but Democratic leaders rebuffed the idea. In the Gallup poll most Democrats, Republicans and independents alike would oppose a draft.
Support for the draft is particularly low among young adults, those most likely to be eligible for service. Just 6 percent of 18 to 34 year-olds support the draft, while 34 percent of those aged 55 and up would like a return to mandatory service. White and non-whites are equally likely to oppose the draft.
Public support for the draft is almost unchanged over the past four years, although it has deteriorated significantly over time. When Gallup first asked the question in 1980, nearly six in 10 supported a return to the draft, which was suspended in 1973.
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