Would You Support a Citizen Force in the U.S.?
A bill introduced by Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY13) last month would require all individuals in the United States between the ages of 18 and 25 to perform a national service.
Before his election in 2008, President Barack Obama spoke of a civilian national security force.
The Examiner quoted Obama as saying, “We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded."
H.R. 748 would require all individuals in the United States between the ages of 18 and 25 to perform “national service.” They could either serve as a member of the uniformed services or in a civilian force, serving federal, state or local governments, including community-based organizations. H.R. 748 would “authorize the induction of persons in the uniformed services during wartime to meet end-strength requirements of the uniformed services, to provide for the registration of women under the Military Selective Service Act, and for other purposes.”
At this time, only males are required to register under the Selective Service Act.
After being introduced Feb. 14, H.R. 748 was referred to the House Armed Services Committee the same day. The chair of the committee, Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA) now gets to decide if the bill will move forward.
Do you think a national citizen force is a good idea and in which specific services do you think it could be best used?