Raise the age for the US military draft to 21

Raise the age for the US military draft to 21

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The Draft, or more specifically known as the Selective Service System is an agency of the United States government in which any male U.S. citizen must register in the Selective Service to be eligible to be called into the armed forces by Congress in a time of need. Currently, all men residing in the United States between the ages of 18 and 25 must be registered in the Selective Service.  
The last war draft occurred in December or 1972 to assist in the effort in the United States involvement in Vietnam. The draft was also used in major wars such as World War 1, World War 2, and the Korean War. Since the last draft in 1972, volunteer military has been the means of assembling the armed forces, however with all men being registered in the Selective Service, Congress can still enact a draft to draw more soldiers.  
Modifications to the age necessary to register for the draft were made prior to the United States involvement in World War 2, where Congress approved lowering the draft age to 18 and raising the upper limit to age 37. In these times it was necessary to expand the range in which the draft applied because of the extremely low literacy rates (20% rejected), overwhelming numbers of health issues (50%) and the racial issues with allowing the African American community to be able to participate within the war efforts.

Reform for the drafting age would greatly benefit society by helping the young Americans to hold off on the draft until later years. Of course, if you want to join the military forces of our nation before than you can but this will delay many young Americans lives being turned around to be a soldier instead they can take time to finish school and when they come back from war the can finish their last years and head into the work force of the country. One example of how many people entered the draft in other war is that by the end of WWII in 1945, 50 million men between eighteen and forty-five had registered for the draft and 10 million had been inducted in the military. At this point we know what the draft of war can do to the country it can make a sense of national pride to make you want to join the cause. But because of the draft age being so young many young men were lost in the second World War. Lives are lost through the draft and futures are taken please help us to raise the draft age to twenty-one to help ensure a future for our country.

In short, raising the draft age for 21 will benefit a large portion of society by making America more of a democracy. With fairness being at the top of the list as a trait of democracy, it is important that laws make logical sense with each other. With the draft age raised to 21, many people who were eligible to be forced into military service without even having the right to drink alcohol now have a greater period of time to mature and exercise their rights and freedoms before thinking about entering a warzone. After all, sending high school kids onto a battlefield never sounded like a good idea until WWII, and now that there is no serious threat or ongoing conflict that calls for large amounts of troops, why not lift the stress off of some peoples shoulders? 

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