Oh, that’s how you avoid a draft

19 Jan

The Daily Kos has the scoop on why Bush's promise to avoid the draft might actually be true. I forgot that providing corporate profits to Haliburton could fix any problem:

A reliable source tells me that RAND has been contracted by the government to come up with a way to avoid instituting a draft, despite the desperate needs for more combat forces.

The solution? Outsource desk and logistics jobs to private companies while pushing those "chairborne" warriors out of their offices into fighting units.

Logisitic troops make up the vast majority of military personnel (somebody probably has the figure, but it's like 8-1 or 9-1 support to combat forces). The proposal would dramatically increase the number of fighting forces (though many of soldiers in support jobs will have no business being in the front lines), and the Haliburtons of the world would clean up taking over support functions.

One other thought — female soldiers are generally relegated to non-combat support occupations. Would combat units be opened up to women in this scenario?

Link: Daily Kos :: RAND to seek ways to avoid draft

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