As a military retiree and having once been a drill sergeant years ago. I can see that your pretty well set in your opinion about this making military duty mandatory again! I can tell you though that the quality of the individual who passes through the induction centers for indoctrination into the military way of life. Well, if what is coming out of Baltimore these days is any example of what the cadre of the basic training units will have to work with, you are trying to put society's problems in the hands of the Drill Sergeant's as well as putting the country at risk for wasting the time, money and effort needed to mold these people into quality basically trained new servicemen. Some percentage will conform and do well, possibly even work towards a career, but another percentage will be processed back out as unfit for military service. But that's only if they meet the set standards for induction.
Soldiers, sailors and airmen are all volunteers with a desire to be where they are in the service of their country! The military has prerequisites that inductees must meet before they are excepted into the services for training. These levels of aptitude and abilities are tested for, so they can be properly placed where they fit in the best for the services. This is why we have the best military in the world and trying to push someone into this service because society has failed in their initial education and upbringing will only be a waste of time and resources in a time where both are in short supply. The only time in history when the standards are lowered for inductees, is when the need for manpower is increased due to the combat losses of those others trained before them. Would you really want to put the lives of your family, friends and neighbors into the hands of this caliber of servicemen and or women in the future? To trust these socially damaged individuals for the protection of the American way of life?
If you truly want to give these "damaged" people some help, to better them, to give them a step up from where they are in life. You must address the social issues and education in the communities from which they come from. Pushing them toward the military is just another way that the "left" just kicks the problem down the road for someone else to deal with. Nothing could of made me more proud as a Drill Sergeant than to march ahead of my platoon for graduation from basic training, for I had personally monitored their progress throughout their training and knew they were ready for the military way of life. Trying to deal with society's problems at that same time is not the answer for the welfare of our country!